Wesleyan portrait of Marguerite  Nguyen

Marguerite Nguyen

Assistant Professor of English

Downey House, 294 High Street, 304

Assistant Professor, East Asian Studies


BA Duke University
PHD University of California, Berkeley

Marguerite Nguyen

Marguerite Nguyen studies 20th - 21st-century American literature, specializing in the politics and aesthetics of Asian American literature, refugee contexts, and literary history. She is author of America's Vietnam: The Longue Durée of U.S. Literature and Empire (forthcoming, Temple University Press) and co-editor of Refugee Cultures: Forty Years after the Vietnam War (MELUS, 2016). Prior to Wesleyan, she spent time in New Orleans researching Vietnamese Americans pre- and post-Hurricane Katrina to understand intersections of race, place, citizenship, and literary form. Her next project, tentatively titled Asian American New Orleans: Rethinking Refugee Aesthetics, Agency, and Archives, is based on this work. It contributes to the field of critical refugee studies by offering a model of literary interpretation oriented around refugee aesthetics of protraction.

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Office Hours

Spring 2018: Tuesdays, 4:15-6:15 PM and by appointment  

Office Location: 294 High St (Downey House) #304