Karlyn Koh
Marian Arkin
Phone: 718.482.5658
Office: E-103 V

In addition to being a Professor of English at LaGuardia, I am the Director of the Honors Program, and an advisor of the college’s Alpha Theta Phi Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.  I oversee several national transfer scholarships for the college, and mentor Honors students through major transfer and scholarship applications.

My scholarly work is concerned with the effects of (post)colonialism and globalization on the construction of identity (in particular, racialized ethnicity). With funded from a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC) Doctoral Fellowship, I completed a study on this subject, with a focus on the relationship between the writing of history and the emergence of subjectivity. I began a study of Asian North American avant-garde poetics and visual arts at New York University, where I held a SSHRCC Postdoctoral Fellowship. My research has been published in scholarly journals as well as arts magazines (and most recently, in an anthology published by Indiana University Press), and has been presented at scholarly conferences in the US, Canada, Belgium and the UK.  I am also an avid student of yoga.

Schools Attended: University of Auckland, New Zealand (BA in English and Political Science); University of British Columbia, Canada (MA); Simon Fraser University, Canada (Ph.D.); School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University; New York University (Postdoctoral Fellow, Comparative Literature).

Area of Specialization: Critical theory, postcolonial theory, Asian American cultural studies, queer theory, poetry.

Favorite Quote: "To fray a passage toward the other is a humanly difficult art." Hélène Cixous

Honors Website: lagcc.cuny.edu/honors

Articles: "Present Memory: Albert Chobg's Imagining The Past." Out of The Archives: Process and Progress, ed. Sarita See. New York: Asian American Arts Center (forthcoming Fall 2009).


"'glove's dream': A Short Meditation." Aitia 28.1 (2009): 34-38).


"Networking a Community Out of Fragmentation" (with J. Chaffee and E. Goodman). Honors in Practice 5 (2009): 161-170.


"Humanistic Mathematics" (with Dr. Marina Dedlovskaya). Mathematics, Information Technologies, and Education, Volume II. Ed. Sergey Gerasimenko. Orenburg, Russia: Orenburg State UP, 2006. 274-7.


"At the Edge of a Shattered Mirror, Community?" Asian North American Identities: Beyond the Hyphen, eds. Eleanor Ty and Donald Goellnicht. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2004. 149-69.


"Speculations and (Dis)Identification: Notes on Asian Canadian Women Writers." New Scholars-New Visions in Canadian Studies 1.1. Seattle, WA: Canadian Studies Center, University of Washington, 1996. [monograph]


Conference Presentations: "A Poetics of Betrayal," Annual Conference of the Cultural Studies Association, Portland State University, April 19, 2007.


"'glove's dream.'" Rhetoric, Politics and Ethics conference, University of Ghent, Belgium, April 22, 2005.


"Reading Between Image and Text in Three Works." Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association, Hartford, CT, October 18, 2003.


"Figures of Community." 20th Annual Conference of the Association for Asian American Studies, San Francisco, May 9, 2003.


"Community, Love and Friendship." "The Desire for Dimension: Queer Theory and Asian American Studies" panel organized by the Asian American Literature discussion group. Modern Language Association Convention, San Francisco, 29 December 1998.


"Asian Canadian: A Name (Un)Bound." 15th Annual Conference of the Association for Asian American Studies, Honolulu, 26 June 1998.


Panelist, "History in Asian American Literature: A Roundtable." 20th Annual Conference of the Association for Asian American Studies, San Francisco, May 8, 2003.


Discussant, "Travelling Texts in Contexts: Theorizing the 'International' in Internationalizing Asian American Literary Studies" panel. Annual Conference of the Association for Asian American Studies. Toronto, 30 March 2001.


Guest lecture, Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program. New York University, 2 October 2000.


Fellowships, awards, and grants: Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, New York Region, Horizon Award for New Advisors, 2007.


Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, Hallmark Paragon Award for Advisors--International Level, 2008.


PSC-CUNY 39 Research Award, City University of New York, Spring 2007.


PSC-CUNY 37 Research Award, City University of New York, Fall 2006.


PSC-CUNY 36 Research Award, City University of New York, Fall 2005.


CUNY Faculty Development Grant (with M. Dedlovskaya), Fall 2006.


Diversity Projects Development Fund Fellowship (with C. Hiraldo), City University of New York, Spring 2005.


Faculty Fellowship Publications Program, City University of New York, Spring 2005.


Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1999-2001.


Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship, 1995-8.


Appointed Offices and Consulting : Director, Honors Program, LaGuardia, September 2006-present.


Faculty Contact Advisor, Alpha Theta Phi Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, LaGuardia, February 2006-present.


Editorial consultant, Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature.


Exhibitions, openings, and performances : "Fragmentaries/les Fragmentaires." Laiwan: Livres et Collages, ed. Jack Stanley. Montréal: Gallerie Articule, 1998. 30-43.


"Yours Truly/La lettre (en)volée. (be) longing, cur. and ed. Mary Sui Yee Wong, trans. Isabelle Chagnon. Montréal: Gallerie Optica, 1998. 9-13, 23-6. Rev. and rpt. as "Yours Truly [II]." West Coast Line 31.3 (Winter 1997-8): 23-7.


"Preserves." Mixed media installation and poetic text (collaboration with Effie Pow). Earthly Pleasures, curated by Larissa Lai. Grunt Gallery, Vancouver, 14 June-9 July, 1994.