The Citizenship Question

Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis, PhD, is a curator of Asian Pacific American studies for the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and director and co-founding editor-in-chief of The Asian American Literary Review. He is lead organizer for the Asian American Literature Festival and co-founder of the Center for Refugee Poetics.

From “American Diva”

Deborah Paredez is the author of the critical study Selenidad: Selena, Latinos, and the Performance of Memory (Duke University Press, 2009) and of the poetry volumes Year of the Dog (BOA Editions, 2020) and This Side of Skin (Wings Press, 2002). She is currently at work on a book of essays, “American Diva,” that chronicles the impact of divas on her life and on American culture more broadly during the past fifty years. She is a professor of creative writing and ethnic studies at Columbia University and co-founder of CantoMundo, a national organization for Latinx poets.

The Citizenship Question, or, A Hundred and a Piece, a Leaky Citizenship Form


People shoplift citizenship like it’s a mink stole rather than a spiked choker, a freedom from a failed idea or a drive toward …

Lauren Berlant teaches English at the University of Chicago. She has worked on the formal and affective dynamics of citizenship throughout her career, most recently in Cruel Optimism (Duke University Press, 2011) and, with Kathleen Stewart, a book of autopoetic critical theory, The Hundreds (Duke University Press, 2019).

Kathleen Stewart is a professor of anthropology at the University of Texas, Austin. Her books include A Space on the Side of the Road: Cultural Poetics in an “Other” America (Princeton University Press, 1996); Ordinary Affects (Duke University Press, 2007); The Hundreds (Duke University Press, 2019), co-authored with Lauren Berlant; and currently, “Worlding.” She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities; the School of American Research; the Institute for the Humanities at the University of California, Irvine; the Rockefeller Foundation; and the Center for Cultural Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Mapping Subjectivity

Emily McGinn is the Head of Digital Humanities at the University of Georgia. She oversees the Willson Center Digital Humanities Lab in a role that includes digital project management and digital-humanities pedagogy. She holds a PhD in comparative literature with a focus on the impact of technology on narrative form in Latin American and Irish modernisms.

“Demonic and Legionized, They Entered” (from Administrations of Lunacy: Racism and the Haunting of American Psychiatry at the Milledgeville Asylum)

Mab Segrest, professor emeritus of gender and women’s studies at Connecticut College, is the author of the soon-forthcoming Administrations of Lunacy: Racism and the Haunting of American Psychiatry at the Milledgeville Asylum  and 1994’s Memoir of a Race Traitor: Fighting Racism in the American South, reprinted in 2019 with a new introduction and afterword (both volumes from The New Press). A longtime activist in social justice movements and a past fellow at the National Humanities Center, she lives in Durham, North Carolina.

The New South and the New Slavery: Convict Labor in Georgia & The Convict Lease System (text from The New South and the New Slavery: Convict Labor in Georgia); Special Collections Convict Lease Tour. Stop 1: Vagrancy Laws by Jan Levinson Hebbard; Teach-In Dispatch by Jacqueline Kari; Meeting Dispatch by Steven Soper; & Selected Testimony Used in a Gallery Activity, from Proceedings of the Joint Committee Appointed to Investigate the Condition of the Georgia Penitentiary, Atlanta, Georgia, 1870.

The Citizenship Question: A Conversation

Masumi Izumi is a professor in the department of global and regional studies at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan, where she teaches North American studies. Izumi researches Japanese American and Japanese Canadian wartime experiences as well as their post-internment communities and trans-Pacific migration and has written numerous articles on these topics in English and Japanese. She authored The Rise and Fall of America’s Concentration Camp Law: Civil Liberties Debates from the Internment to McCarthyism and the Radical 1960s and also contributed an article on a Japanese Canadian baseball team to an edited volume, The Subject(s) of Human Rights: Crises, Violations, and Asian/American Critique; both were published by Temple University Press in 2019.

Joy Kogawa’s most recent book is Gently to Nagasaki (Caitlin Press, 2017). Her 1981 novel Obasan, which tells the story of a Japanese Canadian family removed from their home during World War II, won the American Book Award, among many other literary honors, and is widely taught in Canadian schools and universities. Kogawa became a Member of the Order of Canada in 1986; in 2010, the Japanese government honored her with the Order of the Rising Sun “for her contribution to the understanding and preservation of Japanese-Canadian history.” She lives in Toronto and hopes to write a work on forgiveness.

The Citizenship Question: Miné Okubo, Margaret Anderson, Sensus Communis

Doug Carlson joined the Review staff in January 2007 and works primarily in manuscript evaluation and nonfiction editing. Carlson’s essays on natural and cultural history have appeared frequently in magazines and journals as well as in several anthologies, including A Place Apart (W. W. Norton) and The Sacred Place (University of Utah Press). His work has been collected in two books: At the Edge (White Pine Press) and When We Say We’re Home (University of Utah Press). His most recent book, Roger Tory Peterson: A Biography, was published by the University of Texas Press in 2007. Before coming to the Review, Carlson was visiting writer-in-residence at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. He is a former chair of the UGA Press Faculty Editorial Board and has served in editorial or advisory capacities for Ascent magazine, White Pine Press, and New Rivers Press.

Earthworks and Indigenous Return

Chadwick Allen, who is of Chickasaw ancestry, is a professor of English, co-director of the Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies, and associate vice provost for faculty advancement at the University of Washington. Author of Trans-Indigenous: Methodologies for Global Native Literary Studies (University of Minnesota Press, 2012) and Blood Narrative: Indigenous Identity in American Indian and Maori Literary and Activist Texts (Duke University Press, 2002), he is a former editor of Studies in American Indian Literatures and a past president of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association.