Wesleyan portrait of Marguerite  Nguyen

Marguerite Nguyen

Associate Professor of English

Downey House, 294 High Street, 304

Associate Professor, Environmental Studies

Associate Professor, East Asian Studies


BA Duke University
PHD University of California, Berkeley

Marguerite Nguyen

Marguerite Nguyen studies 20th - 21st-century American and Asian American literature. She is author of America's Vietnam: The Longue Durée of U.S. Literature and Empire (Temple University Press, 2018) and co-editor of Refugee Cultures: Forty Years after the Vietnam War (MELUS, 2016). Prior to Wesleyan, she spent time in New Orleans researching relationships among race, disaster, imperialism, and narrative form. Her next project, "Refugee Ecologies," is based on this work and interprets American literature as a body of texts about worldbuilding in the face of forced displacement and environmental harm. 

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Spring 2023: Please email me for an appointment.