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 Professor of Asian American Studies at UCLA; she also holds a joint appointment in Gender Studies. 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.

She is the author of Death Beyond Disavowal: The Impossible Politics of Difference (University of Minnesota Press, 2015) which won the Association for Asian American Studies Cultural Studies book prize, and The Ruptures of American Capital:  Women of Color Feminism and the Cultures of Immigrant Labor (University of Minnesota Press, 2006). She is 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.


Death Beyond Disavowal: The Impossible Politics of Difference. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2015
“Neoliberalism,” Journal of Critical Ethnic Studies 1.1 (2015): 1-19.

“Ghosts of Camptown,” MELUS 39.3 (2014): 49-67.

(With Roderick A. Ferguson), “The Racial and Sexual Contradictions of Neoliberalism.” Journal of Homosexuality 59.7 (2012): 1057-1064.

“Existentially Surplus: Women of Color Feminism and the New Crises of Capitalism,” GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies 18.1 (Fall 2011): 87-106. 

(co-edited), Strange Affinities: The Gender and Sexual Politics of Comparative Racialization. Durham: Duke University Press, 2011.

The Ruptures of American Capital: Women of Color Feminism and The Culture of Immigrant Labor. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2006

“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


C. Doris and Toshio Hoshide Distinguished Teaching Prize, UCLA Asian American Studies, 2016

Grantwriter and co-investigator, Consortium for Black Studies in California, Multi- Campus Research Programs and Initiatives, 2014-15 

Co-Organizer, UCHRI Residential Research Group, "Between Life and Death:  Necropolitics in the Era of Late Capitalism," Spring 2012.

Faculty Research on Diversity Award, UCLA Academic Senate, 2016

UCLA Asian American Studies M.A. Teaching Award, 2009-10.

University of California President’s Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2001-2002

Civil Liberties Public Education Fund National Fellow, 1997-1998