Grace Kyungwon Hong


3336 Rolfe Hall
Box 957225
Los Angeles, CA 90095


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Ph.D., UC San Diego, 2000
M.A., UCLA, 1995
B.A., UCLA, 1992

Areas of Interest

Women of Color Feminism, Comparative & Relational Race Theory, Cultural Studies, Political Economies of Race, Gender, and Sexuality, Race and Neoliberalism


Grace Kyungwon Hong is a Professor of Gender Studies at UCLA; she also holds a joint appointment in Asian American Studies. She earned her Ph.D. in Literature at UC San Diego, and her M.A. in Asian American Studies at UCLA. Her research focuses on women of color feminism as an epistemological critique of and alternative to Western liberal humanism and capital, particularly as they manifest as contemporary neoliberalism.

Most recently, she has been working on situating women of color feminism as a theory of contemporary necropolitics that attends to the conjoined histories of race, colonialism, gender, and sexuality.  She is the author of The Ruptures of American Capital:  Women of Color Feminism and the Cultures of Immigrant Labor (University of Minnesota Press, 2006) and the co-editor (with Roderick Ferguson) of Strange Affinities:  The Gender and Sexual Politics of Comparative Racialization (Duke University Press, 2011).  She is the co-editor (also with Roderick Ferguson) of the Difference Incorporated book series at the University of Minnesota Press.  She teaches courses on women of color feminism and Asian American culture.


  • The Ruptures of American Capital: Women of Color Feminism and The Culture of Immigrant Labor. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2006.
  • Strange Affinities: The Gender and Sexual Politics of Comparative Racialization. Edited by Grace Hong and Roderick Ferguson.  Durham: Duke University Press, 2011.
    • "The Future of Our Worlds: Black Feminism and the Politics of Knowledge in the University Under Globalization,” Meridians 8.2 (2008): 425-445.

  • “Most Overrated Western Virtue”: The Politics of Knowledge in Zadie Smith’s White Teeth." Immigration and Migration: Social Change, and Cultural Transformation, ed. Emory Elliott.  New York: Palgrave-MacMillan (2008): 15-45.
  • “The Ghosts of Transnational American Studies.” American Quarterly 59: 1 (March 2007): 33-9.
  • “‘A Shared Queerness’: Colonialism, Transnationalism, and Sexuality in Shani Mootoo’s Cereus Blooms at Night.” Meridians 7: 1 (Fall 2006): 73-103.
  • “Nation and Empire in Arnold Genthe’s Photographs of San Francisco’s Chinese Quarter, 1895-1906.” Journal of the West 43: 4 (December 2004): 8-14.
  • "’Something Forgotten that Should Have Been Remembered:’ Private Property and Cross-Racial Solidarity in the Work of Hisaye Yamamoto.” American Literature 71: 2 (1999):


  • Co-Organizer, UCHRI Residential Research Group, "Between Life and Death:  Necropolitics in the Era of Late Capitalism," Spring 2012.
  • UCLA Asian American Studies M.A. Teaching Award, 2009-10.
  • Honorable Mention, 2008 Cultural Studies Book Award, Association for Asian American Studies for Ruptures of American Capital.
  • UCLA Institute of American Cultures Faculty Research Grant, 2007-2008
  • UCLA Center for the Study of Women Faculty Development Grant, 2006-7
  • University of Wisconsin System Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, Faculty Research Award
  • University of Wisconsin Madison Graduate Research Award, Summer 2004
  • University of California President’s Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2001-2002
  • 250th Anniversary Grant for Teaching Development, Princeton University, 1999
  • Civil Liberties Public Education Fund National Fellow, 1997-1998