Associate Professor
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Location: ML 236A

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Kim Hong Nguyen (she/they) is a scholar of Vietnamese descent appointed as Associate Professor of Communication Arts, at the University of Waterloo. Born and raised on the traditional lands of the Algonquin/Powhatan peoples, Tsenacommacah (later known as Hampton Roads area), Nguyen was sponsored by families in Virginia Beach.

Nguyen’s research examines controversies over the political correctness or civility of a word, a trope, an expression, an analogy, or a cultural practice. It aims to explore how the capacity of marginalized peoples to act or speak effectively is not wholly dependent upon their articulate use of eloquent language, sound argument or stirring performance, but rather is conditioned by governing systems of power.

A forthcoming book project with University of Illinois Press’ Feminist Media Studies book series, Mean Girl Feminism: How White Feminists Gaslight, Gatekeep, and Girlboss, considers terms, such as ‘Bitch’ ‘feminism’ ‘power couple’ ‘postfeminism’, from a postcolonial and intersectional lens.

Nguyen's research has appeared in leading cultural studies journals including: Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Cultural Politics, Howard Journal of Communication, Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, POROI: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Rhetorical Analysis and Invention, Journal of Communication Inquiry. In addition, she has edited a collection of essays on neoliberal rhetoric entitled Rhetoric in Neoliberalism.

Courses taught

  • SPCOM 223—Public Speaking
  • SPCOM 434—Discourse of Dissent
  • SPCOM 226 -Intercultural Communications
  • SPCOM 401 -Gender and Communication
  • SPCOM 402 -Advanced Intercultural Communication
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