Karen Leong

Guest Editor

Karen J. Leong is associate professor of Women and Gender Studies and Asian Pacific American Studies in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University, where she also is affiliate faculty of History and Film and Media Studies.  She teaches undergraduate courses in ethnic studies, intersectionality, and women in popular culture; and graduate courses in masculinities, visual and cultural narratives, and feminist theory.   She is active in engaging local communities through oral history projects, and education about ethnic studies and diversity. Her book The China Mystique: Pearl S. Buck, Mayling Soong Chiang, Anna May Wong and the Transformation of American Orientalism (UC Press, 2005) applies an intersectional analysis to  popular culture, literature, diplomatic relations, and history in order to understand shifts in United States national identity from the 1930s through World War II.  She has collaborated on an interdisciplinary project about the differential impacts of Hurricane Katrina upon African American and Vietnamese immigrant communities in New Orleans, co-edited a special issue of Feminist Teacher on civic engagement in the feminist classroom, and is currently collaborating on an anthology and a co-authored manuscript about the overlapping American Indian and Japanese American experiences of removal and relocation from 1942 to 1970.