Emily’s dissertation centers the afterlives of the Cambodian Genocide. She turns to film and narrative representation to excavate the cultural, legal, and aesthetic processes by which events of mass violence become unified and mobile political objects negotiated by those living in their wakes. Her research has received support from the UMN Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship and the Institute for Advanced Studies, the Harold Leonard Film Fellowship, the UMN Community of Scholars Program, the Social Science Research Council, and the College of Liberal Arts at UMN. At the University of Minnesota she works closely with the Critical Race and Ethnic Studies writing group for graduate students of color and Indigenous graduate students as well as Bodies that Haunt: Rethinking the Political Economy of Death, a writing collective working toward an edited volume on the global traffic in aesthetics and desire around racialized death.


Mitamura, Emily. “Toward a marginal understanding of object being in the neoliberal university: after Trinh T Minh-ha.” AGITATE!. Special issue Seditious Acts: Graduate Students of Color Organizing Against the Neoliberal University. (accepted/forthcoming 2023)

Mitamura, Emily. “The Coloniality of Abridgement: Afterlives of Mass violence in Cambodia and the US.” Third World Quarterly (March 2019), 3fTH78WkAa/full?target=10.1080/01436597.2019.1568191. (peer reviewed)

(Invited reprint; peer reviewed volume) Mitamura, Emily. “The Coloniality of Abridgement:  Afterlives of Mass Violence in Cambodia and the US.” In Violence and the Third World in International Relations. Ed. Randolph B. Persaud and Narendran Kumarakulasingam. London: Routledge, Dec. 2019.


Mitamura Emily. “(California) Dreaming at the 2021 Cambodia Town Film Festival.” Critical Refugee Studies Collective. Jan. 3 2022.

Mitamura, Emily. “Review of Familiar Stranger: A Life Between Two Islands, Stuart Hall and Bill Schwarz (Duke University Press, 2017).” Peace Review 32:4 (2021), 568-70.

Mitamura, Emily. “Review of Monica Sok’s A Nail the Evening Hangs On (Copper Canyon Press 2020)” in 100th edition Rain Taxi, 2021.