Berkeley English Graduate Students

Libby Kao

Libby Kao

Tue 3-4, Thu 11-12

Professional Statement

By focalizing movement across genre (the novel, memoir, interviews, creative nonfiction, ethnography) as well as borders (along categories of the Global Anglophone and the contemporary multiethnic) — I work to circuitously and interdisciplinarily engage transnational Asian/American studies by thinking the sociological, historical, and the literary together in close relation.

Selected Publications and Papers Delivered

Conference Papers

“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)

Current Research

My current work experiments with linking the past of mid-20th century Asian Communisms (and anti-Communisms) to the present of transnational Asian North American critique and contemporary Asian Anglophone literature, with particular attention to the affects and lived experience of ideology.

Recent English Courses Taught