Professor Phu’s research and teaching focus on cultural studies, visual culture, Asian North American literature, critical race studies, and American studies. Picturing Model Citizens: Civility in Asian American Visual Culture (Temple University Press, 2012), her first book, explores the relationship between civility and citizenship. Feeling Photography, a collection of essays co-edited with Elspeth Brown, is forthcoming from Duke University Press. She is currently working on two related projects. The first, with Andrea Noble, is on the Cold War Camera, a collaborative exploration of the ways that photography mediates the global cold war. The second is a history of 20th-century Vietnamese photography. She also serves as editor of the Americas region for the interdisciplinary journal Photography and Culture.
Picturing Model Citizens: Civility in Asian American Visual Culture (Temple University Press, 2012).
“Bigger at the Movies: Richard Wright’s International Travels and the Cinematic Projections of Native Son,” Black Camera 2, no. 1 (2010): 36-57.
“Horrifying Copies: Ringu, The Ring, and the Cultural Contexts of Copying,” Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance 3, no. 1 (2010): 43-58.
“For We Are You: Collaboration, Contradiction and Compromise in 12 Million Black Voices,” forthcoming in Callaloo.
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