B.A. Vassar College, 2016
Ph.D Political Theory – University of Minnesota, 2023
Emily Mitamura, the 2023-4 Shauna M. Stark ’76, P’10 Postdoctoral Fellow, is a poet and scholar of race, gender, and film. Her current book project emerges from her dissertation centering narrative afterlives of colonial and mass violence in Cambodian life. They received their PhD in political theory working closely with Gender, Women, Sexuality Studies, Asian American Studies, and the Critical Race and Ethnic Studies graduate group at the University of Minnesota. With commitments to women of color feminisms, critical refugee studies, postcolonial thought, and Asian/American expressive culture, the book project explores how the story of violence becomes a terrain of political life negotiated, contested, and reimagined by survivors and their kin. Their poetry proceeds from continuous archival, relational, and bodily hauntings and experimentations. Her academic work has appeared or is forthcoming in Third World Quarterly, Violence and the Third World in IR (Routledge 2022), and AGITATE! Unsettling Knowledges, as well as her poetry in [PANK], Kweli Journal, AAWW: The Margins, and elsewhere. They are also co-editing a forthcoming special issue project on the political economy of racialized death and haunting methodologies. In spring 2023, Dr. Mitamura is teaching the Gender Studies course “Asian/American Feminisms” with an emphasis on expressive culture, power, and the Cold War. The seminar centers the work of Asian/American artists, thinkers, and practitioners who are critiquing, queering, and remaking relationships to history that haunt global political life.