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Crystal Parikh

Associate Professor of English , Social and Cultural Analysis

Ph.D. 2000 (English Language and Literature), M.A. 1995, University of Maryland, College Park; B.A. 1992, University of Miami.

Office Address: 

244 Greene Street, Room 209 New York, NY 10003

Office Hours: 

Spring 2015: Tuesdays, 11am-12:15 @ 20 Cooper Sq, room 412 Thursdays, 2:00-3:15 @ 244 Greene Street room 209 and by appointment





Areas of Research/Interest: 

Asian American literature and studies; Latino/Chicano literature and studies; feminist and critical race theory; postcolonial studies; twentieth-century American literature

Curriculum Vitae


Crystal Parikh is Associate Professor at New York University in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis and the Department of English. She specializes in twentieth-century and contemporary American literature and culture, with a focus on comparative race and ethnic studies, as well as ethical and political theory, and gender and sexuality, diaspora, and postcolonial studies. In addition to numerous articles, in 2009 Professor Parikh published An Ethics of Betrayal: The Politics of Otherness in Emergent U.S. Literature and Culture, which won the Modern Language Association Prize in United States Latina and Latino and Chicana and Chicano Literary Studies. She is currently completing her second monograph, Writing Human Rights, and has co-edited The Cambridge Companion to Asian American Literature with Daniel Y. Kim.

Selected Publications

An Ethics of Betrayal: The Politics of Otherness in Emergent U.S. Literature and Culture. (Fordham University Press, 2009). (Winner of the MLA Prize in United States Latina & Latino and Chicana & Chicano Literary and Cultural Studies.)

Co-edited with Daniel Y. Kim. Cambridge Companion to Asian American Literature. Cambridge University Press. (August 2015)

Co-authored with Helena Grice. ”Feminist and Queer Interventions into Asian American Literary Studies.” Cambridge Companion to Asian American Literature. Eds. Daniel Y. Kim and Crystal Parikh. Cambridge University Press, 2015.

“Perpetrating Ourselves: Reading Human Rights and Responsibility Otherwise.” International Journal of Human Rights. (Special Issue: “Interrogating the Perpetrator”) 9:15 (2015): 648-661.

“Bringing Human Rights to Bear in American Literature." Routledge Companion to Human Rights and Literature. Eds. Alexandra Moore and Sophia McClennen, 2015. 380-388

“Minority.” Keywords for Asian American Studies. Eds. Cathy Schlund-Vials, Linda Trinh Vo, and K. Scott Wong. New York University Press, 2015. 161-164.

“‘Come Almost Home’: Human Rights and the Return of Minor Subjects.” The Journal of Human Rights (Special Issue: “Humanitarianism and Responsibility”). 12:1 (March 2013): 121-137.

“Being Well: The Right to Health in Asian American Literature.” Amerasia (Special Issue: “The State of Illness and Disability in Asian America”). 39:1 (March 2013): 33-47.

“Regular Revolutions: Feminist Travels in Julia Alvarez’s How the García Girls Lost Their Accents and In the Time of the Butterflies.” The Journal of Transnational American Studies 3 (2011): 1-28.

“Writing the Borderline Subject of War in Susan Choi’s The Foreign Student.The Southern Quarterly (Special Issue: “The New South in a Global Context.”) 46 (Spring 2009): 47-66.

"'The Most Outrageous Masquerade': Queering Asian American Masculinity." Modern Fiction Studies 48 (Winter 2002): 858-898.

"The Passion: The Betrayals of Elián González and Wen Ho Lee" in Racial (Trans)Formations: Latinos and Asians Remaking the United States, ed. Nicholas De Genova. Duke UP, 2006.

“Ethnic America Undercover: The Intellectual and Minority Discourse.” Contemporary Literature 43: (Summer 2002): 249-284.

Updated on 09/29/2015