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Trung Phan Quoc Nguyen
  • Title
    • Ph.D. Candidate
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • History of Consciousness Department
  • Affiliations Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Feminist Studies Department
  • Phone
    831-459-2757 (HISC Office)
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Humanities Building 1, 429
  • Office Hours By appointment
  • Mail Stop History Of Consciousness

Summary of Expertise

Trung PQ Nguyen is a Ph.D candidate in History of Consciousness at UC Santa Cruz, and received an MA in Asian American Studies at UCLA. His dissertation, “War Material: Transpacific Imaginaries of Capital and Transition” studies the libidinal and political economy of post-war visual culture. This dissertation argues that the abundant archive of Vietnamese death and suffering are deployed as a sense-making practice and aesthetic regime that obscures and legitimizes the state monopolization of violence in an age of perpetual war. Collating contemporary art, refugee narratives, journalism, and urban space, this dissertation expands how we understand the necrocapitalist function and aesthetics of war's protracted afterlives; in other words, how racialized subjects are made more valuable in death than life.

Biography, Education and Training

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2014, MA, Asian American Studies (Gender Studies Concentration), UCLA

2012, BA, Asian American Studies, UCLA

Honors, Awards and Grants

2019-2021, Managing Editor, Critical Ethnic Studies Journal

2017-18, Managing Editor, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 

2017-18, Fellow-in-Residence, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, UC Berkeley 


Teaching Interests

Asian American Studies, Southeast Asian Studies, Refugee Studies, Southeast Asian Diasporas, Critical Race/Ethnic Studies, Queer of Color Critique, Women of Color Feminism, Sexual Cultures, Science and Technology Studies