Mai-Linh Hong teaches courses on 20th/21st-century American literature and culture. Her teaching and research interests include ethnic literatures (Asian-American, African-American, and Native-American literatures); critical race studies; law and literature; war, militarism, and state violence; and place and identity. She is writing a book on race and militarism, focusing on minority conceptions of war and state violence in U.S. literature since World War II. A former attorney, she enjoys introducing students to a wide range of literary, legal, and visual texts, and encourages an interdisciplinary approach to American cultural studies.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., University of Virginia
  • J.D., University of Virginia
  • M.A., Columbia University
  • B.A., Yale University

Research in Progress

  • Book project, Race and the Martial Imaginary in U.S. Literature and Culture, World War II to the Post-9/11 Period
  • Article, "Mining Ground Zero: Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony and the Rise of Civil Defense"
  • Book chapter on 2010 controversy over construction of Park51, an Islamic cultural center, near "Ground Zero" in lower Manhattan (co-authored with Kimberly Love)

Selected Publications

"'Get Your Asphalt Off My Ancestors!': Reclaiming Richmond's African Burial Ground" in Law, Culture, and the Humanities (2013)

"A Genocide by Any Other Name: Language, Law, and the Response to Darfur," in Virginia Journal of International Law (2008)

"Reframing the Archive: Vietnamese Refugee Narratives in the Post-9/11 Period," in Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (2016).

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