Douglas S. Ishii’s research and writing theorizes Asian American relational racialization after World War II at the intersection of race and class through gender and sexuality. He previously held academic appointments at the University of Maryland, College Park, the University of Colorado at Boulder, Northwestern University, and, most recently, Emerson College in Boston. He is currently finishing his first book, Something Real: Asian American Arts Activism and the Racialization of Sophistication. Something Real studies panethnic and politicized Asian American arts activism from the Asian American Movement (1968-1977) to the present. In doing so, the book tracks the afterlife of the Asian American Movement into our moment, one saturated by claims about the ineffectiveness of political dissent; at the same time, it examines how arts activists in the post-Civil Rights era have negotiated the depoliticizing zeitgeist of liberal diversity.
His writing on topics ranging from the middlebrow politics of diversity, the queerness of Asian diaspora in settler nations, the influence of the Asian American Movement, and Japanese American remembrance have appeared in Camera Obscura, American Quarterly, the Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature and Culture, and the edited collections Techno-Orientalism, Global Asian American Popular Cultures, and the forthcoming Q & A 2.0. Douglas will be teaching courses on U.S. queer of color literature and theory, campus stories, Transpacific Asian American literatures, graphic narratives, and genre fiction by U.S. authors of color.