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Kim Hong Nguyen (she/her, they/them) is a scholar of Vietnamese descent appointed as Associate Professor of Communication Arts, at the University of Waterloo.

Kim Front Facing PhotoThe University of Waterloo is located on the Haldimand Tract, which promised land to the Six Nations, and is the traditional lands of the Attawandaron (Neutral), Anishinaabeg, and Haudenosaunee peoples. Born and raised on the traditional lands of the Algonquin/Powhatan peoples, Tsenacommacah (later known as Hampton Roads area), Nguyen is the child of two South Vietnamese refugees who were 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. Her current book project examines white liberal feminism from a postcolonial and intersectional lens, exploring more specifically white liberal feminists' concerns over terms, like 'bitch' and 'feminism.' Her teaching further explores these ideas, providing general background to the relationship between communication, agency, and power. Nguyen serves on a number of committees in the department, faculty, and university. Most notably, she serves as the Lead Faculty Representative for W3+: Waterloo Womxn and Non-Binary's Wednesdays, a support group for womxn and non-binary faculty, graduate students, staff, and postdocs on campus that meets on the last Wednesday of each month. For further information, W3+ is listed as a regular event sponsored by the Faculty Association. Off-campus, Nguyen cautiously bikes on streets with her kid, gardens and plants trees with her partner, and likes to eat. She also plays analog and digital games, watches documentaries and stand-up comedy, enjoys exercise usually post-factum.

Selected publications

A Postcolonial Museum of War: Curating Revolution, War, and Colonialism at Vietnam’s War Remnants Museum.” Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies 19.3 (2017): 301-21. *Lead Article

Rhetoric in Neoliberalism. Editor Kim Hong Nguyen (2016)

Contemporary Fascism’s de-Judified Homo Sacer.” Cultural Politics 11.3 (November 2015): 315-328. *Lead Article

Cattiness as Credibility in Neoliberalism,” Gender in a Transitional Era: Changes and Challenges. Eds. Amanda Martinez and Lucy Miller. Lanham, MD: Lexington (2015): 97-113. *Second Author

“Hearing What We See:  Censoring ‘Nigga,’ Vernaculars, and African American Agentic Subjects.”  Howard Journal of Communications 24.3 (August 2013):  293-308.

“Mourning A Series of Unfortunate Events.”  Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 37.3 (Fall 2012):  266-284.

“The Effacement of Post-9/11 Orphanhood:  Re-Reading the Harry Potter Series as a Melancholic Rhetoric.”  POROI:  An Interdisciplinary Journal of Rhetorical Analysis and Invention 7.1 (February 2011).  *Most downloaded article in 2011

“’Without the Luxury of Historical Amnesia’:  The Model Post-War Immigrant Remembering the Vietnam War Through Anti-Communist Protests.”  Journal of Communication Inquiry 34.2 (April 2010):  134-150. *Lead Article


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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