Trung PQ Nguyen is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Asian American Studies at UIUC. His research examines the sensory afterlives of war and the rhetorical circulation of Vietnamese materials under the US empire. He is currently working on a book manuscript, Loss in Perpetuity: Iterative Vietnam and the Racial Mediation of Permanent War, which examines how loss in particular gets mobilized for counterinsurgent purposes by the state apparatuses of permanent war, and how Vietnam becomes the ideal object lesson to reinstate this structure of state violence in other episodes of empire's deployment. He was the Managing Editor for GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies from 2017-2018 and Critical Ethnic Studies from 2019-2021. His other research interests include: queer of color critique, women of color feminisms, visual culture and media studies, and cultural studies.
Ph.D. - UCSC, History of Consciousness (Designated Emphases in Feminist Studies and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies)
M.A. - UCLA, Asian American Studies (Certificate in Gender Studies)
B.A. - UCLA, Asian American Studies
The Labor of Absolution: National Detritus and the Op-Ed Form of the Vietnamese Refugee. Critical Ethnic Studies 6.2. January 2021.
Refugee Returns: Solidarity, Pandemic, and Temporal Intimacies in the Belly of the Beast. Critical Ethnic Studies blog. October 2020.
Specular Vietnam and the Cinematics of Distraction (in a Collaborative Review of Forgetting Vietnam). Verge: Studies in Global Asias 5.2. Fall 2019.
Review of Life Support: Biocapital and the New History of Outsourced Labor. Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience 1.1. 2015.