Department of Ethnic Studies - College of Letters and Science - University of California, Berkeley

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Kim Tran

Women of Color Feminism, Neoliberal Critique, Queer of Color Thought, Critical Diaspora Studies


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Bio & Research Interests

Kim's dissertation titled Refugees in a World on Fire: Dispossession, Diaspora and the Possibilities of Queer Resistance reconsiders cross racial coalition in the Vietnamese diasporas of San Jose, California and New Orleans Louisiana as largely affective undertakings.  She reimagines coalitions formed across racial difference to resist dispossession and environmental justice as a queer diasporic praxis that is an affective and queer refashioning of kinship.  Her project bridges Women of Color Feminism, Comparative Ethnic Studies, Queer of Color Thought and Neoliberal Critique in order to interrupt canonized frameworks for thinking through political filiation. 


Keith Feldman
Evelyn Nakano Glenn
Elaine Kim

Courses Taught or Assisted

Relevant Teaching Experience

  • Lecturer: ES103: The Personal Becomes Political: Critical Race Perspectives in Feminist Movements, Spring 2015

ES 103 is an upper division undergraduate seminar engaging feminism as an intersectional movement.  The class emphasizes the hidden histories and work of women of color in feminist movements and how feminism itself can be reimagined through gender, race and class.

  • Lecturer: Asian American Studies R2A: Gender and Colonialism in Asian America, Spring 2014

Asian American Studies R2A assists students in acquiring critical thinking and writing skills while providing a basic introduction to contemporary iterations of colonialism in Asian America through the lens of gender.

Facilitated Workshops

  • Eating Disorders: Not Just for Straight Women!

Western Regional LGBTQIA College Conference 2013, University of California Santa Cruz

  • Labors of Love, Love as Labor: Decolonizing Intimate Relationships in Social Justice Movements

Empowering Women of Color Conference, March 2013

  • Growing Pains: Healing Anti-Black Racism in Asian American Communities

Queer and Asian Conference, UC Berkeley, May 2015