Nayoung Aimee Kwon
Associate Professor in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Nayoung Aimee Kwon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies; Program in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies; and Program in Cinematic Arts. She is the Founding Director of Duke's Asian American & Diaspora Studies Program and Andrew Mellon Games & Culture Humanities Lab. She also co-directs Duke Engage Koreas, a global service learning program based in Durham and Seoul working with refugees and migrants. Her research areas include literary criticism and translation studies; film and media studies; postcolonial history and theory; gender and sexuality studies, focusing on comparative colonial legacies, global Asian, inter-Asian and transpacific (Asia/Americas) historic and cultural encounters. Current research examines the contested politics of cultural memories from colonial and cold war conflicts and their legacies in East Asia and the Asia-Pacific.  Select publications include Intimate Empire (Duke University Press, Korean translation from Somyŏng Press, Japanese translation from Jinbun Shobo), Theorizing Colonial Cinema (Indiana University Press), Antinomies of the Colonial Archive (in collaboration with Takashi Fujitani) and essays in Modern Fiction StudiesJournal of Asian Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Social Text, Sanghŏ Hakpo, Cross-Currents. With collaborators at the University of Netherlands and Duke, she is a developer of hybrid platform infinite strategy games (ISG) about historical conflicts. Her work has been supported by the Fulbright Program, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Korea Foundation, Japan Foundation, Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies, John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, among others. She is a translator of literature and manhwa/manga from Korean and Japanese into English. She was a poetry editor in New York before entering academia and holds a PhD and MA from UCLA and BA from Duke University.

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  • Box 90414, Durham, NC 27708-0414

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