About Me

I’m an Associate Professor of English at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, where I teach courses in African American and transatlantic literature. I was born in Los Angeles and received my undergraduate degree from Princeton and my Ph.D in English from Harvard, where I studied under Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Jamaica Kincaid.  I’ve taught at University of Nevada, Las Vegas and University of Southern California, where I was a Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar in the Humanities. My first book, The American Slave Narrative and the Victorian Novel, was published by Oxford University Press in 2010. My second book, Our Gang: A Racial History of “The Little Rascals,” was published by University of Minnesota Press in 2015. I’ve written for the Atlantic, the Huffington Post, and Zocalo Public Square. I’m currently working on a cultural history/memoir about growing up Asian in Black and White America, forthcoming in 2023 from Henry Holt. 

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