Cheryl Narumi Naruse

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Cheryl Narumi Naruse

Assistant Professor

  • Full-Time Faculty


Dr. Cheryl Narumi Naruse joined the Department of English at the University of Dayton in August 2014 as an Assistant Professor of Colonial/Postcolonial Literature and Literary Theory. Her other research and teaching areas include cultural studies, diaspora, transnationalism/globalization, and Asian American literature. Dr. Naruse has published articles on neoliberal culture in Singapore and she is currently working on a book manuscript, Incorporating Singapore: the Culture and Politics of Mobility in an Age of Neoliberalism, which explores the relationship between representations of human mobility and the rise of neoliberalism in post-1997 Singapore.

Other works-in-progress include an article, "Hwee Hwee Tan’s Mammon Inc. as Bildungsroman, or the Coming-of-Career Narrative," and an essay, "The Politics and Poetics of Location in Contemporary Diasporic Singapore Fiction" for an upcoming collection on Singapore literary criticism. Her editorial projects include a special issue with Weihsin Gui (UC Riverside) on the intersections of postcoloniality and neoliberalism in Singapore for Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies as well as a special issue on genre and geopolitics with Kristine Kotecki (Ball State University).


  • Ph.D., English, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, 2014
  • M.A., English (Concentration: Cultural Studies in Asia/Pacific), University of
  • Hawai‘i at Mānoa, 2008
  • International Cultural Studies Graduate Certification, East-West Center,
  • University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, 2009
  • B.A., English Language and Literature, University of Washington, 2005

Professional Activities

  • Association for Asian American Studies
  • American Comparative Literature Association
  • Modern Language Association (Delegate Assembly Representative for Western
  • United States and Western Canada Region 2013-2016)

Selected Publications & Presentations

Refereed Articles

"Diasporic Singaporeans, Coming-of-Career Narratives, and the Corporate Nation." biography: an Interdisciplinary Quarterly (Winter 2014). Forthcoming.

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

Book Reviews

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. Forthcoming.

Book Review of Jini Kim Watson's The New Asian City: Three-Dimensional Fictions of Space and Urban Form for Reviews in Cultural Theory. Forthcoming.

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

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

Selected Conference Presentations

"That American Life: Constructions of Asian Americans in Singapore." Association for Asian American Studies Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA. April 2014. Organizer for panel "Placing Singapore in Asian North American Studies."

"Biopolitical Aesthetics? Imagined Communities to Imagined Populations in Singapore." Modern Language Association Annual Convention. Boston, MA. January 2013. Organizer for special session panel "Cultural Capitalism in Singapore Literary Cultures: Intersections of Neoliberalism and Biopolitics."

"Across Whose Culture? Teaching Asian American Literature in Hawai‘i." American Literature Association Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA. April 2012.

"Nationalized Diaspora and Diasporic Nationals: Literary and State Production of Nostalgia and Homeland in Singapore." American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference. Vancouver, BC. March 2011.

"Getting the Story Straight: Heteronormative Kinship, Transnational Marriage, and Citizenship in the United States." Cultural Studies Association Annual Conference. Chicago, IL. March 2011. Read in absentia.

"'Waiter, There’s an Other in my Soup?': Culinary Tourism, Globalization, and No Reservations." Modern Language Association Annual Convention. Los Angeles, CA. January 2011.