Mai-Linh Hong

Mai-Linh Hong

Assistant Professor of English
Specialization: American literature (20th & 21st c.), Asian American literature, critical race and ethnic studies, critical refugee studies, law and humanities, contemporary poetry
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Mai-Linh Hong writes and teaches about 20th- and 21st-century American literature and culture in global context. She specializes in critical race and ethnic studies; Asian American studies; critical refugee studies; and literature and law. 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.

Dr. Hong serves as Co-Chair of the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies, a sponsoring society of the American Literature Association.

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, Perilous Telling: On Refugee Knowledge, Story, and Belonging


  • ENLS 203: Race, Law, and American Literature
  • ENLS 212: Poetry and Justice
  • ENLS 215: Asian American Literature and Film
  • ENLS 301/601: Critical Refugee Studies
  • ENLS 301/601: American Literature as World Literature

Selected Publications

"'The Deep Root Snapped': Reproductive Violence and Family Un/Making in Quan Barry's She Weeps Each Time You're Born," in The Palgrave Handbook of Magical Realism in the Twentieth Century, eds. Victoria Chevalier and Richard Perez (forthcoming)

Review of Becoming Refugee American: The Politics of Rescue in Little Saigon by Phuong Tran Nguyen, in International Migration Review (2018)

"Narrative in the Shadow of the Refugee Regime," in The Account: A Journal of Poetry, Prose, and Thought (2017)

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

"'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)