Anne Cong-Huyen

Digital Liberal Arts | Whittier College
1306 Philadelphia Street
P.O. Box 564
Whittier, CA 90608-0634
aconghuy (at)


Digital Scholar / Coordinator, Digital Liberal Arts Program
Whittier College, Los Angeles, 2014-Present

Mellon Visiting Assistant Professor, Asian American Studies Department
University of California, Los Angeles, 2013 – Present.

Teaching Associate, English Department and Asian American Studies Department
University of California, Santa Barbara, 2011 – 2013

Project Coordinator, Transliteracies Project, Research-oriented Social Environment
University of California, Santa Barbara, 2009 – 2010


Ph.D., English, University of California, Santa Barbara; June 2013

Qualifying Fields: U.S. Race and Ethnic Literature, Literature and Theory of Technology, Theories of Gender and Sexuality

M.A., Literature and Writing, California State University, San Marcos, Dec. 2007

B.A., Literatures of the World, University of California, San Diego, June 2004


“Host & Server: The Cultural Production of Temporariness in Global Cities”

Committee: Professor Bishnupriya Ghosh (chair), Professor Alan Liu, Professor Shirley Geok-lin Lim, Professor Rita Raley

An interdisciplinary analysis of how literary and new media texts have figured “temporariness,” a phenomenon indicative of globalization and neoliberalism. Focusing on the global cities of Dubai, Los Angeles, and Ho Chi Minh City, I interrogate the disparities and similarities of diverse cultural products that critique representations of temporary migration and labor.


Peer Reviewed:

“Asian/American and the Digital|Technological Thus Far.” Verge: Studies in Global Asias. Vol 1. Issue 1. Spring 2015

“Triangulating the Ethnic Studies Classroom: Race, Space, and Online Publishing.” Co-authored with Craig Dietrich (USC). Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media and Technology. (Forthcoming)

Dark Mass,’ Or the Problems with Creative Crowd Labor.Journal of e-Media Studies. Vol 3. Issue 1.

“#transformDH: where we were, where we are, where we’re going.” Co-authored with Moya Bailey, Alexis Lothian, and Amanda Phillips. Debates in Digital Humanities 2015. (Forthcoming)


FemTechNet Critical Race & Ethnic Studies Pedagogy Workbook. Co-editor. ANVC. 2015. (Ongoing)

“Toward a Transnational Asian American Digital Humanities.” Book chapter. Humanities and the Digital, edited by David Theo Goldberg and Patrik Svensson. MIT Press. 2015.

“Teaching Asian American Graphic Narratives in a ‘Post-Race’ Era.” Book chapter co-authored with Carol Kyungah Hong. Teaching Comics and Graphic Narratives: Essays on Theory, Strategy, and Practice, edited by Lan Dong. (MacFarland, 2012)

Encyclopedia Entries:

“Vietnamese American Literature.” “Vietnamese American Films and Filmmakers.”
Encyclopedia of Asian American Culture, edited by Lan Dong. (Forthcoming)


“ConceptVISTA” Research Report, Transliteracies Research Project

“World Cat Identities” Research Report, Transliteracies Research Project

Awards and Honors

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, UCLA, 2013-2014
Graduate Division Dissertation Fellowship
, UCSB, 2013-2014 (Declined)
Interdisciplinary Humanities Center Pre-Doctoral Fellowship
, UCSB, 2012 – 2013
Donald Pearce Dissertation Fellowship, UCSB, 2012
American Cultures and Global Contexts Center Graduate Fellow, UCSB, 2011 – 2012
HASTAC Scholar, Humanities, Arts, Science, & Technology Alliance & Collaboratory, 2009 – 2010
Digital Humanities Summer Institute Graduate Student Scholarship,  Victoria, B.C., 2009
Eugene Cota Robles Graduate Fellowship, UCSB, 2008 – 2010
Graduate Research Dissemination Fund, CSU San Marcos, 2007


Experimental Networked Pedagogies and Ethnic Studies in FemTechNet”. (Digital poster)
HASTAC. Michigan State University, CA. May 2015.


Building a Collaborative FemTechNet Race and Ethnic Studies Pedagogy Workbook.”
Cultural Studies Associatio, Riverside. May 2015.

“Teaching Digital Humanities.”
American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Emory University, Atlanta, GA. March 2015.

“The Aspirational Socialist Oriented Market City in Southeast Asia”
Worlding the Minor: The Poetics of Distant Relation. UCLA Mellon Humanities Conference. March 2015

“Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City, or the Aspirational Socialist Oriented Southeast Asian City”
Modern Language Association. Vancouver, BC. January 2015.

“Teaching Los Angeles: Innovative strategies, possible pitfalls.” (Roundtable)
American Studies Association. Los Angeles, CA. November 2014.

“Connective Pedagogies: Trans-Campus Collaborations & Pedagogy of Risk.”
Digital Pedagogy and the Undergraduate Experience. University of Toronto, Scarborough. August, 2014.

“‘Voz Mob and the Precarity of Work in Online/Offline Space.”

HASTAC: Lima, Peru. April 2014.

Refracted Perspectives: Bridging Asian American and Asian Studies Through Interdisciplinary Scholarship
Association for Asian American Studies: San Francisco, CA. April, 2014.

“Dubai vs. Ho Chi Minh City: A Case of Comparative Global Cities”
Mellon Cultures in Transnational Perspectives Annual Conference: UCLA. March 2014.

Voces Móviles and the Precarity of Work in Online/Offline Spaces.”
American Studies Association: Washington, DC. November, 2013.

Transformative Asian/American Digital Humanities.”
Critical Ethnic Studies Association: Chicago, IL. September, 2013.

Thinking Through Race (Class, Gender, Nation) in the Digital Humanities: The #transformDH Example.”
Modern Language Association: Boston, MA. January 2013.

“Free Accommodation and the High Costs of Working in Dubai.”
Speculative Futures Graduate Colloquium: Santa Barbara, CA. May 2012.

“Burj Refracted: Reimagining Labor and Consumption in Dubai.”
Fifth Annual Research Slam: Santa Barbara, CA. May 2012

“The Crisis of Foreign Laborers in Dubai.”
Santa Barbara Global Studies Conference: Santa Barbara, CA. February 2012.

“Digital Voices: Migrant Workers in Digital Texts of Dubai and Los Angeles.”
Modern Language Association: Seattle, WA. January, 2012.

“Transformative Mediations? Ethnic and Queer Studies and the Politics of the Digital.” (Roundtable) American Studies Association: Baltimore, MD. October 2011.

“Aliens and Others in Justice League of America/The 99.
Comic Arts Conference, San Diego Comic Con: San Diego, CA. July 2011

“E-Mail Order Brides: The Transnational Mediated Consumption of Love and Sex in Love Like Hate.”
Association of Asian American Studies: New Orleans, LA. May 2011

“E-Mail Order Brides: The Transnational Mediation of Love, Sex, and Mobility in Linh Dinh’s Love Like Hate.”
Technologies of Migration: Asia, Media, Mobility, and Virtuality: Urbana-Champaign, IL. April 2011

“Cycling the U.S. – Vietnam Landscapes: Mapping the Traumas of Catfish and Mandala.”
American Literature Association: San Francisco, CA. May 2010.

“The Transnational Geo-Social Configurations of Catfish and Mandala.”
UCSB Literature.Culture.Media Center Research Slam: University Santa Barbara, CA. May 2010.

“CouchSurfing Toward Self: Identity in Literary and Virtual Space.”
Digital Humanities Summer Institute: University of Victoria, Canada. June 2009

Invited Talks

Critical Digital Pedagogy and Transformative Digital Humanities Praxis.”
Making Digital Humanities, UCSD, June 3, 2015.

Digital Pedagogy and Transformative Digital Humanities.”
SyncDH. UCSB. May 8, 2015.

Teaching and Researching with Scalar.” HASTAC Scholars Webinar.
HASTAC, April 8, 2015.

Teaching with Scalar.” Pedagogy and Technology Workshop.
Whittier College, May 2014

“Lan Cao’s Monkey Bridge, Vietnamese American Literature, and Simulacra.”
English 50: Introduction to Asian American Literature, Fall 2010, Summer 2012

Research Interests

  • Global and World Literature
  • Transnational Migration and Labor
  • Globalization and Neo-liberalism
  • Post-colonial Literature
  • Media Studies and Digital Humanities
  • Asian /Asian American Studies
  • Cultural Studies

Teaching Experience

Teaching Associate

Independent teaching responsibility for all aspects of curriculum planning, classroom instruction, and grading.

University of California, Santa Barbara

Department of English

Women and Literature: The Female, the Global, the Technological, Summer 2012

Literature and Film – Translation, Adaptation, and the Global Media Assemblage, Summer 2011

Department of Asian American Studies

Asian American Popular Culture, Spring 2012

California State University, San Marcos

Literature and Writing Department

General Education Writing, Fall 2006

Co-taught Courses, University of California, Santa Barbara

Shared responsibility for designing course, classroom instruction, and grading with senior ladder faculty member.

Risk Society, co-taught with Bishnupriya Ghosh, Winter 2012

Teaching Assistant, University of California, Santa Barbara

Responsible for leading weekly discussion sections and all course grading.

Department of English

Introduction to African American Literature, Fall 2012

Literature and Life, Spring 2011

Introduction to Literary Study, Summer 2010, Winter 2011

Introduction to Asian American Literature, Fall 2010

Additional Teaching Experience

English Teacher, Soluciones Idiomáticas, San José, Costa Rica, Winter 2005, Spring 2005

Spanish Tutor, The Preuss School, UCSD, Winter 2004, Spring 2004

Research and Other Professional Experience

Project Coordinator, Transliteracies Project
Winter 2010, Spring 2010

Forum co-host. “Race, Ethnicity, and Diaspora in the Digital Age.” February 2010. HASTAC Scholars forum.

Professional Affiliations

Humanities, Arts, Science, Alliance & Collaboratory
FemBot Collective
Association for Asian American Studies
Association for the Study of Multi Ethnic Literature in the U.S.
Humanities Arts Science Technology Advanced Collaboratory
Modern Language Association
UCSB American Studies and Global Contexts Center
UCSB Transcriptions Center
UCSB Association of Pacific-Islander and Asian Graduate Students

Additional Online Presence

GlobalTemp,” Dissertation Related Archive/Tumblr

#transformDH Tumblr, Collective Research and News Blog

HASTAC Scholar Blog, Individual/Research Posts

Transliteracies Research Profile

Academic Service

Ethnic Studies Committee & Pedagogy Committee, FemTechNet DOCC 2014

Member, Southern California Regional Asian American Studies Section

Member, Southeast Asian Studies Section, Association of Asian American Studies

Reviewer, American Quarterly, American Studies Association, 2013

Website Designer (WordPress), Hemispheric South/s Research Center, UC Santa Barbara, 2011-2012

Invited Speaker (on behalf of American Cultures &  Global Contexts Center), Prospective Graduate Student Visit, 2012

Invited Speaker (regarding Transnational American Studies and on behalf of American Cultures & Global Contexts Center), Arnhold Undergraduate Research Colloquium, 2012

Invited Speaker (regarding Poster Session Presentations), Arnhold Undergraduate Research Colloquium, 2011

Organizing Committee, Transcriptions “Research Slam,” 2009-2012

Research Assistant, English Department Website Redesign, UC Santa Barbara, 2009-2011

Recruitment Officer, English Department Diversity Committee, 2008-2010

Member, Asian-American Pacific-Islander Graduate Students organization, 2008-2012

Cohort Representative, Council of Graduate Students in English, 2008-2012


Spanish: Near-fluent reading, good conversation
Vietnamese: Intermediate reading, fluent (native) conversation
Arabic: Elementary reading and writing, basic conversation