Mimi Thi nguyen
Scholar & Writer
Author of The Gift of Freedom
Works in Progress
Mimi Thi Nguyen, The Promise of Beauty.
Mimi Thi Nguyen, We Are the Punks We Have Been Looking For.
Soo Ah Kwon and Mimi Thi Nguyen, “Non-Profits, NGOs, and ‘Community Engagement:’ Refiguring the Project of ‘Activism’ in Gender and Women’s Studies and Ethnic Studies.” In “Incorporation and Excess: Politics In and Against Neoliberalism” Special Issue, edited by Soniya Mushi and Craig Willse. Scholar and Feminist 13:2 (Spring 2016).
Mimi Thi Nguyen, “Minor Threats.”“Queering Archives” Special Issue, edited by Kevin Murphy, Daniel Marshall, Zeb Tortorici, Radical History Review 122 (May 2015): 11-24.
Mimi Thi Nguyen, “The Hoodie as Sign, Screen, Expectation, and Force.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 40:4 (Summer 2015): 791-816. Included in the Signs open-access virtual issue, “Feminist Resources for #TheResistance,” Summer 2017.
Mimi Thi Nguyen, “Diasporic Erotic: Love, Loss, and the Copy.” Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies 28:1 (May 2013): 68-101.
Mimi Thi Nguyen, “Riot Grrrl, Race, and Revival.” “Punk Anteriors: Genealogy, Performance, Theory” Special Issue, edited by Beth Stinson and Fiona I.B. Ngô, Women & Performance 22:2-3 (July-November 2012): 173-196.
Fiona I.B. Ngô, Mimi Thi Nguyen, and Mariam B. Lâm. “Guest Editors’ Introduction: Special Issue on Southeast Asian American Studies.” positions: asia critique 20:3 (Summer 2012): 671-684.
Mimi Thi Nguyen, “The Biopower of Beauty: Humanitarian Imperialisms and Global Feminisms in the War on Terror.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 26.2 (Winter 2011): 359-383.
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Mimi Thi Nguyen, “Experience.” In Keywords in Gender and Sexuality Studies, edited by Aren Aizura, Karma Chavez, Kyla Wazana Tompkins, Mishuana Goeman, Amber Musser, Shona Jackson, and Aimee Bahng. New York: NYU Press, 2021.
Mimi Thi Nguyen, “Poster Child.” In Women & Performance 30(1), 2020.
Mimi Thi Nguyen, “Zine.” In Keywords in Comics Studies, edited by Ramzi Fawaz, Shelley Streeby, and Deborah Whaley. New York: NYU Press, 2020.
Mimi Thi Nguyen, “Our Students Are Radical Because They Live in the Real World.” In Teaching Resistance: Radicals in the Classroom, edited by John Mink. San Francisco: PM Press, 2019. 185-189.
Mimi Thi Nguyen, “In Defense Of.” In The Funambulist 25, September-October 2019: 26-29.
Mimi Thi Nguyen, “The Government Might Not Love You, But I Do.” In ArtLeaks Gazette 5, April 2019: 70-72.
Mimi Thi Nguyen, “Dressed Down: The Politics of Hijab.” In ARTFORUM, Summer 2017.
Mimi Thi Nguyen, “Profiling Surfaces.” In The Funambulist Papers, Vol. 2, edited by Leopold Lambert. New York: Punctum Books, 2015. 8-13.
Mimi Thi Nguyen and Golnar S. Nikpour, Punk. New York: Guillotine Press, 2013 (Second printing 2014; third printing 2018).
Mimi Thi Nguyen and Golnar S. Nikpour (French trans. by Nathan Golshem), “Le punk est une cible mouvante.” In Demain Les Flammes No. 1, 2016. pp. 56-84.
Mimi Thi Nguyen, “Afterward.” In Punkademics: The Basement Show in the Ivory Tower, edited by Zack Furness. New York: Minor Compositions/Autonomedia, 2012. pp. 217-223.
Mimi Thi Nguyen, “'In the arms of Pirates, Under the bodies of Sailors:' Diaspora, Desire, and Danger in Nguyen Tan Hoang's PIRATED!” In Charlie Don't Surf: Four Vietnamese American Artists, ed. Viet Le, Centre A., Vancouver, 2005. pp. 66-75.
Mimi Thi Nguyen is Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her first book, called The Gift of Freedom: War, Debt, and Other Refugee Passages, focuses on the promise of “giving” freedom concurrent and contingent with waging war (Duke University Press, 2012; Outstanding Book Award in Cultural Studies from the Association of Asian American Studies, 2014). She is also co-editor with Fiona I.B. Ngo and Mariam Lam of a special issue of positions: asia critique on Southeast Asian American Studies (20:3, Winter 2012), and co-editor with Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu of Alien Encounters: Pop Culture in Asian America (Duke University Press, 2007). Her papers have been solicited for the Feminist Theory Archive at Brown University, and she has since joined its executive board.
Her following project is called The Promise of Beauty. She has also published in Signs, Camera Obscura, Women & Performance, positions, Radical History Review, and ArtForum. Nguyen was named a Conrad Humanities Scholar in 2013, a designation supporting the work of outstanding associate professors in the humanities within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois. She was named a John and Grace A. Nicholson Scholar in 2017, a designation supporting excellence in philosophical inquiry, also at the University of Illinois.
Nguyen has made zines since 1991, including Slander (formerly known by other titles) and the compilation zine Race Riot. She is a former Punk Planet columnist and Maximumrocknroll volunteer. She is also co-author of the retired research blog on dress and beauty threadbared. In June 2013, Sarah McCarry's Guillotine ("a series of erratically published chapbooks focused on revolutionary non-fiction") released PUNK, a conversation between Nguyen and Golnar Nikpour.
"The Promise of Beauty," Encounters Speakers Series, Political Science and Feminist and Gender Studies, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado
"The Promise of Beauty at the End of the World," Feminist World-Making (At the End of the World) Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies Colloquium, Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont
Keynote: "On Resilience," Resistance and Resilience: Envisioning Radical Futures in Challenging Times," Asian American Studies Program Annual Symposium, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
Keynote: "Untitled," “Retrenchment/Entrenchment: Exclusion in a Time of Crisis” Annual Graduate Conference for the Racism, Immigration, and Citizenship Program, John Hopkins University (CANCELLED)