I am Associate Professor in the departments of English, Anthropology, East Asian Studies, and Asian American Studies at the University of California, Irvine. I am also core faculty in the PhD program in Culture & Theory, core faculty in the Global Cultures undergraduate major, and an affiliate faculty member in the Center for Critical Korean Studies. Finally, I currently serve as Director of the Program in Academic English.
The overarching goal of my research has been the examination of the cultural politics of globalization, with a particular focus on questions of “language” and “nation,” oftentimes seeking to understand their interrelationships. In terms of “language,” I focus on the politics of multilingualism and “global” Englishes from both theoretical-sociolinguistic and pedagogical angles. In terms of “nation,” I have focused on the official and vernacular functions and forms of ethnic identity in the context of and in spaces beyond the rubric of the nation-state. I have published on these topics in a range of journals. I have also published a monograph, The Politics of Translingualism: After Englishes, and a co-edited volume, Korean Englishes in Transnational Contexts.