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 researching dynamics of race, migration, environment, and narrative form in Southeast Asian American cultures of Louisiana. Her next project, "Refugee Ecologies," is based on this work and interprets American literature as a fraught practice of worldbuilding in contexts of disaster and displacement, particularly as depicted by writers of color. Her work has been supported by fellowships from the Andrew Mellon Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies, and National Humanities Center. 

Academic Affiliations

Office Hours

Fall 2023 - Spring 2024: On sabbatical and leave. 


Fall 2024
ENGL 165F - 01
Amer Lit & Ethnc Studies (FYS)

ENGL 230 - 01
Intro to Asian American Lit