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Huan He

Assistant Professor of English

Huan He is an Assistant Professor of English at Vanderbilt University. He holds a Ph.D. in American Studies and Ethnicity from the University of Southern California and was recently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan's Digital Studies Institute. Across his projects, his research explores how racial narratives, fictions, and tropes shapeand are shaped bythe world of information capitalism. These inquiries engage many fields, including Asian American literary and cultural studies, digital studies, and critical game studies. His current book project, The Racial Interface: Asian Racialization and the Dreams of the Digital, explores why Asian Americans have been racially associated with information technologies. Using literary, cultural, and archival texts, the book shows how Asian Americans have come to represent both the nightmare of alienation and the dream of disembodied freedom, two powerful fictions that shape our digital present. He is also pursuing a second research project at the intersection of race and digital gaming. His scholarly work appears/is forthcoming in Configurations, College Literature: A Journal of Critical Literary Studies, Media-N, and an anthology on Asian American game studies. He is also a poet, whose work can be found in Poetry, Sewanee Review, A Public Space, Beloit Poetry Journal, and elsewhere.