Berkeley English Graduate Students

Libby Kao

Libby Kao

Thu 10-12;

Professional Statement

Libby Kao is a Ph.D. Candidate in English at UC Berkeley working in transnational Asian/American studies, literatures of the Chinese diaspora, and what she's experimentally calling the Global Asian Anglophone. A Northern California native and graduate of Mount Holyoke College, she is currently pursuing questions of emotional labor, social reproduction, and political subject formation across 20th century Sinophone texts and contemporary Asian Anglophone novels. She is also interested in memoir, affect, and Marxist feminisms. 

Selected Publications and Papers Delivered

Conference Papers

"Exilic Travel Self-Writing and The Politics of Unknowing in Zhu Tianxin’s Old Capital and “Nineteen Days of the New Party, ” American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), June 15-18, 2022, Taipei/Online.  

"Domesticating the Global Asian Anglophone: Transpacific Housewives and Model Minorities in the Capitalist World-System," Texas Asia Conference, Feb 25-26, 2022, UT Austin.

"Cold War Intimacies and Critical Selfhood in Zhu Tianxin’s古都The Old Capital and 新黨十九日Nineteen Days of the New Party," North American Taiwan Studies Association (NATSA) 2021 Annual Conference, May 20-21, 2021, UC Irvine/Online.  

“Dialectics of Nothing: Negation, Queer History, and Revolutionary Becoming in Communist East Asia,” 2020 Post45 Graduate Symposium, February 28-29, 2020, Rutgers University, NJ.

“‘A Calamitous Ending’: Religious Yearning and the New Sincerity in Zadie Smith’s White Teeth,” Return, Resistance, Resilience, and Recovery: The UC San Diego Literature Graduate Conference, April 5-6, 2019, San Diego, CA.

“Queering Productivities of Desire: The Model Minority Myth in Don Lee’s Yellow,” 2018 Association of Asian American Studies Conference, March 29-31, 2018, San Francisco, CA.

Roundtable Presenter, “The Doctor Is Not In: Arts Interventions and the Micropolitics of Asian American Mental Health,” 2017 Association of Asian American Studies Conference, April 13-15, 2017, Portland, OR.


“Reconsidering the Model Minority Myth: Desire and Melancholia in Nina Revoyr’s Southland,Unfound: the Princeton Journal of Asian American Studies, Vol. IV (Fall 2017)

English Department Classes