Mimi Thi Nguyen is Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her book The Gift of Freedom: War, Debt, and Other Refugee Passages,
focuses on the promise of giving freedom concurrent and contingent with waging war and its afterlife (Duke University Press, 2012; Outstanding Book Award in Cultural Studies from the Association of Asian American Studies, 2014). She is also co-editor with Fiona I.B. Ngo and Mariam Lam of a Summer 2012 special issue of positions
on Southeast Asian American Studies
(20:3, Winter 2012). Nguyen was recently named a Conrad Humanities Scholar for 2013-2018, a designation supporting the work of outstanding associate professors in the humanities within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois.
Nguyen has made zines since 1991, including Slander
(formerly known by other titles) and the compilation zine Race Riot
. She is a former Punk Planet
columnist and Maximumrocknroll
volunteer. In June 2013, Sarah McCarry
("a series of erratically published chapbooks focused on revolutionary non-fiction") released PUNK
, a conversation between Nguyen and Golnar Nikpour.