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Fall 2015

Scott Hall 316

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Kong P Pha


I am a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at the University of Minnesota. My scholarly interests lies in the broad fields of Southeast Asian American Studies and queer studies. My dissertation examines how ideas of refugeeism helps to construct and inform the ways Hmong gender, sexualities, and kinship systems are understood through time. I then explore the stakes that these constructions of gender and sexuality have on contemporary Hmong youth subjectivities, queer identities, and queer theorizing. My community work builds upon my scholarship in these areas. I have been living in the Twin Cities area for the last 15 years, and attended the University of Minnesota as a undergraduate, in which I received an interdisciplinary degree in psychology, sociology, history, and Asian American Studies.


  • Southeast Asian American/Hmong communities
  • Asian American Studies
  • Critical refugee studies
  • U.S. migration and immigration cultural politics
  • Feminist cultural studies
  • Critical race and ethnic studies
  • Queer Theory/Queer Studies
  • Queer diasporas

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: University of Minnesota, 2017.
  • BA: Univeristy of Minnesota, 2011.

Courses Taught

  • AMST 3252W: American Popular Culture and Politics, 1940-Present
  • AMST 1012: Migrants, Refugees, Citizens: The U.S. on an Immigrant Planet
  • GWSS 3409W: Asian American Women's Cultural Production: Queer and Feminist Formations
  • GWSS 3290: Digital Storytelling for Youth Empowerment
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