I am Associate Professor in the departments of English, Anthropology, East Asian Languages & Literatures, 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.
As an interdisciplinary scholar, 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.