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Claire Chun


visual culture studies; Asian North American studies; critical beauty studies; diaspora studies; feminist science studies; digital media and technology studies

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Bio & Research Interests

Claire Chun is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Berkeley in the Department of Ethnic Studies (Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies). She received her B.A. in Politics and Social and Cultural Analysis from New York University.

Her research explores how ecologies of war, militarism, and humanitarianism shape modern conceptualizations of “Korean” and “Asian” beauty. Her dissertation project pays special attention to the ways that Asian diasporic art and media critically engage transpacific histories of war, racialized surveillance, and environmental contamination in North America, Asia, and the Pacific Islands.

Claire’s research and writing has been published or is forthcoming in the Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas, Journal of Asian American Studies, ABC-CLIO, and diaCRITICS.

She is coordinator of the Digital Ethnic Studies and Asian American Feminist Theory working groups and served on the editorial board of Qui Parle: Critical Humanities and Social Sciences.