Fiona I.B. Ngô

 Fiona Ngô

Contact Information

1208 W. Nevada
M/C 142
Urbana, IL 61801
Associate Professor

Additional Campus Affiliations


Fiona I.B. Ngô is an Associate Professor of Asian American Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies. Ngô's scholarship concerns the remains of war and empire in spaces of culture. Her first book, Imperial Blues: Geographies of Sex and Race in Jazz Age New York, expands on analytics of urban space to understand the effects of imperialism on Jazz Age culture and its traffic in racialized and sexualized bodies (Duke University Press, 2013). She is co-editor (with Elizabeth Stinson) of a special issue of Women & Performance on "Punk Anteriors" (22:2, November 2012), and co-editor (with Mimi Thi Nguyen and Mariam B. Lam) of a special issue of positions: asia critique on Southeast Asian American Studies (20:3, Summer 2012). She has also published in journals including Amerasia Journal and Camera Obscura on Southeast Asian diasporic cultural production, part of an ongoing project titled "Structures of Sense." 


  • University of California, Irvine, Ph.D., History; Critical Theory and Graduate Feminist Emphases
  • University of California, Irvine, M.A., History
  • University of California, Irvine, B.A., English
  • University of California, Irvine, B.A., History


  • AAS 590 Comparative Race Studies: Theories and Methods
  • AAS / GWS 315 War and Cinema
  • GWS 370 Queer Theory

Selected Publications


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Imperial Blues: Geographies of Race and Sex in Jazz Age New York Durham, NC Duke University Press 2014. Introduction.

Special Issues of a Journal

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Ngô, Fiona I.B, and Elizabeth A. Stinson "Introduction: Threads and Omissions" Punk Anteriors Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory 22 2 2012, p. 165-171. Punk Anteriors Tumblr.
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Nguyen, Mimi Thi, Mariam B. Lam, and Fiona I.B. Ngô Guest Editors' Introduction Southeast Asian Diaspora positions: asia critique 20 3 2012, p. 671-684.

Journal Articles

Punk in the Shadow of War Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory 22 2 2012, p. 203-232.
Sense and Subjectivity Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies 76 4 2011, p. 95-129.
A Chameleon’s Fate: Transnational Mixed-Race Vietnamese Identities Amerasia Journal 31 2 2005, p. 51-62.

Book Contributions

The Anxiety over Borders Embodying Asian/American Sexualities edited by Gina Masequesmay, compiled by Sean Metzger. The Anxiety over Borders Edited by Gina Masequesmay, Compiled by Sean Metzger, Lexington Books 2009, p. 89-104.