Naomi Edwards earned her PhD in English with a graduate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies from Stony Brook University in 2014. She specializes in contemporary Asian American literature with a particular interest in traumatic experiences of war, colonization, and displacement, as well as the patriarchal violence that so often works in tandem with militarized nationalisms. She is currently working on a book that investigates the prevalence of ghosts and haunting in contemporary Asian American fiction as a telling symptom of racial and transnational melancholia. Edwards has taught courses in multiethnic American literature, women writers, histories and literatures of US empire, and literary and feminist theory. Her article, “Melancholic Ghosts in Monique Truong’s The Book of Salt,” published in Women’s Studies Quarterly, was awarded the National Women’s Studies Association’s Women of Color Caucus Essay Award.
Teaching and Research Interests
20th- and 21st-century multiethnic American literature, Asian American literary and cultural studies, gender and sexuality, immigration and diaspora, postcolonial studies