Cheryl Narumi Naruse

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Cheryl Narumi Naruse

Assistant Professor

  • Full-Time Faculty


Cheryl Narumi Naruse is Assistant Professor of English. She teaches classes in postcolonial literature, literary theory, and writing. Dr. Naruse is completing a book manuscript, Incorporating Singapore: Capitalist Cultures of Mobility in a Twenty-first Century Global Hub, which uses post-1997 Singapore literary and cultural productions to study the relationships among transnational mobility, postcolonial nationalism, and economic globalization. Her recent publications, including portions of the book manuscript are published or forthcoming in biography, Genre, Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, and Verge: Studies in Global Asias. She is on leave for academic year 2015-16. 


  • Ph.D. English, University of Hawaii at Manoa (2014)
  • M.A. English (Cultural Studies in Asia/Pacific concentration), University of Hawaii at Manoa (2008)
  • B.A. English, University of Washington (2005)

Research Interests

  • Postcolonial and global Anglophone literature
  • Contemporary Southeast Asian literatures in English
  • Asian American literature
  • Literary and cultural approaches to transnationalism/globalization
  • Diaspora and migration
  • Literary and critical theory
  • The aesthetics of politics, the politics of aesthetics
  • Cultures of capitalism and neoliberalism
  • Genre theory
  • Popular culture
  • Critical pedagogies

Selected Publications & Presentations

Refereed Articles

Co-authored introduction for “Singapore at 50: The Intersections of Neoliberal Globalization and Postcoloniality.” Special issue of Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. Cheryl Narumi Naruse and Weihsin Gui, eds. Forthcoming 2016.

“Hwee Hwee Tan’s Mammon Inc. as Bildungsroman, or the Coming-of-Career Narrative.” Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture 49.1 (March 2016). Forthcoming.

“Bodies That Map: Overseas Singaporeans and the Urban Imagination.” Verge: Studies in Global Asias 2.1 (March 2016). Forthcoming.

“Diasporic Singaporeans, Coming-of-Career Narratives, and the Corporate Nation.” biography: an Interdisciplinary Quarterly (Winter 2014): 143-167.

“Singapore, State Nationalism, and the Production of Diaspora.” CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture 15.2 (June 2013).

 “(Un)Shared Values: Alienation, Modernity and Singaporean Identity in Djinn’s Perth.” Graduate Journal of Asia/Pacific Studies 6.1 (April 2008): 66-81.

Book Reviews and Encyclopedia Entries

Book Review of Eng-Beng Lim’s Brown Boys and Rice Queens: Spellbinding Performance in the Asias for MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of United States 39.4 (Winter 2014): 213-215.

“The City Space of Asian Literature.” Book Review of Jini Kim Watson’s The New Asian City: Three-Dimensional Fictions of Space and Urban Form for Reviews in Cultural Theory 5.2 (September 2014).

“Visas,” “International Students/Parachute Kids.” Asian American Society: An Encyclopedia. Mary Yu Danico and J. Geoffrey Golson, eds. Thousand Oaks: SAGE, 2015. 530-532, 939-941.

Mulan’s Legend and Legacy in China and the United States (review).” Marvels & Tales: Journal of Fairy Tale Studies 26.3 (2012): 115-16.

Book review: “Eddie Tay, Colony, Nation, and Globalisation: Not at Home in Singaporean and Malaysian Literature.” Transnational Literature 3.2 (May 2011).

“Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee,” “Kingston, Maxine Hong,” “Mahfouz, Naguib.” Encyclopedia of Folktales &Fairy Tales, Revised and Expanded Edition. Anne Duggan and Donald Haase, eds. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO. Forthcoming October 2015.

“Asian American Transnationalism,” “Singaporean American Culture.” Encyclopedia of Asian American Culture. Lan Dong, ed. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO. Forthcoming February 2016.