Cathy J. Schlund-Vials is Professor of English and Asian/Asian American Studies at the University of Connecticut; she is also the director of the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute. Her research interests include Asian American Studies, critical refugee studies, diasporic Southeast Asian studies, memory/trauma studies, immigrant/refugee cultural production, and comparative ethnic studies.
In addition to numerous articles and book chapters, Professor Schlund-Vials is the author of two monographs: Modeling Citizenship: Jewish and Asian American Writing (Temple University Press 2011) and War, Genocide, and Justice: Cambodian American Memory Work (University of Minnesota Press 2012). She has edited and co-edited a number of collections: Disability, Human Rights, and the Limits of Humanitarianism (co-edited with Michael Gill, Ashgate 2014); Keywords for Asian American Studies (co-edited with Linda Trinh Vo and K. Scott Wong, NYU Press 2015); Interrogating the Perpetrator: Violation, Culpability, and Human Rights (co-edited with Samuel Martinez, Routledge 2016); Asian America: A Primary Source Reader (co-edited with K. Scott Wong and Jason O. Chang, Yale University Press 2017); The Beiging of America: Personal Narratives about Being Mixed Race in the 21st Century (co-edited with Sean Frederick Forbes and Tara Betts, 2Leaf Press 2017); Flashpoints for Asian American Studies (Fordham University Press 2017); Redrawing the Historical Past: History, Memory, and Multiethnic Graphic Narrative (co-edited collection with Martha J. Cutter, forthcoming, University of Georgia Press); Asian American Literature in Transition, 1965-1996 (co-edited collection with Asha Nadkarni); Teaching Asian America: Politics, Pedagogy, and Practice (co-edited collection with Jennifer Hayashida); and The Subjects of Human Rights: Critical Asian and Asian American Studies (co-edited collection with Guy Beauregard and Hsiu-chuan Lee).
Professor Schlund-Vials is currently at work on two monographs. The first, presently titled, Prosthetic Ecologies: Disability, Environment, and Human Rights, examines the role disability plays in the making of neoliberal humanitarian subjects; such subjects are necessarily situated in catastrophic environs formed in the troubling aftermaths of war, natural disaster, and economic crisis. A second monograph, titled Militarized Excess, examines the pervasiveness of and excesses inherent in American military culture during the second Indochina War, the Iraq War, and the ongoing war in Afghanistan. Clustered around various types of “sight” – inclusive of the vertical, the horizontal, the vertiginous, and the peripheral – Militarized Excess evaluates different temporalities (e.g., the military timetable, tours of duty, generational passages, and geologic time) and engages the sublime, an aesthetic mode which encapsulates the seemingly incalculable, the distressingly overwhelming, and the troublingly vast.