I have designed and taught courses drawing on public humanities, gender and sexuality studies, visual culture, critical race theory, and cultural studies.
I have also worked as a teaching assistant for classes on critical humanitarianism and human trafficking, gender and sexuality studies, Asian American literature, and the history of health and healing, with a focus on race, epidemics, and medicine.
In the spring of 2018, I designed and taught the seminar “Objects as Texts: Materializing Race, Gender, and Sexuality” at Brown. Over the course of the semester, my students collaboratively created a digital exhibit, in which they critically explored the relationship between objects and identity.
Through readings in cultural studies, queer and feminist theory, and critical race studies, students analyzed how material objects reflect and produce representations of identity that map onto the body. Each student selected a particular object of analysis, which they used as a case study to critically consider how material culture constructs, performs, and negotiates race, gender, and sexuality.
Collectively, the digital exhibit seeks to complicate naturalized or neutral relationships to everyday objects to instead notice and parse the ways in which power circulates at the level of the material.
In the summer of 2019, I designed and taught a Summer@Brown course for high school students, “Power and the Production of History,” to critically explore the role of power in archives, memorials, and museums.
In the spring of 2021, I will teach a course on museum studies, urban cultural history, and the politics of place. In “Missing: Museums, Memorials, and Gentrification,” we will attend to the active processes of absenting in the production of historical narratives. Drawing on memory studies and public humanities, we will explore strategies for museums to exhibit absent objects—whether lost, stolen, returned, or destroyed. We will discuss these curatorial approaches alongside recent contestations over controversial monuments and how communities represent and resist neighborhood transformation and change.