Omie Hsu.

the foundational stuff

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the aspiration of action: rebuilding the world for those for whom the world has not historically been built

...even at the risk of that world not having a place for us.

the principle of action: In order to honor the right to be critical, one must be willing to show up.

the method of action: What could democracy look like if we shift our models for political relationships from antagonistic or agonistic ones to (critically) pedagogical ones?

two key notes about the method:
  1) In asking the question, I am not making a claim about the nature of democratic life; it is not a claim that antagonism or agonism or conflict are not a dimension of politics. Rather, it is a speculative and experimental question asked about how we might reframe our actions in response to the acknowledgement of that conflict and its effects.
  2) As such, I often have trouble imagining this method outside of a context of solidarity or potential solidarity. Though deciding, in advance, what are/are not possible points of solidarity is also exactly what I hope critical pedagogy challenges us not to do. To be up front: this is a limitation of the method, but it is also a point of specification. (all this might not be incorrect, but certainly is incomplete. suggestions and dialogue welcome.)

the formal and institutional stuff

research, academic: Totally not incidentally, thinking through and making a case for the above is what my dissertation is about.

come to me for my expertise in: critical pedagogy // thinking about democracy // queer theory and queer of color critique and those intimately related, but not historically mutually interchangeable, traditions of discourse called "gender and sexuality studies," "women's studies," and "gay and lesbian studies" // critical race theory, race and ethnicity studies // contemporary politics and cultural critique (though oft, but not exclusively, focused on a North American context)

come to me for my familiarity with: Asian-American studies // science and technology studies // affect theory // disability studies // postcolonial thought // critical game studies // media studies with respect to 21st Century technologies that hold up contemporary public spheres // critiques of capitalism

certifications bestowing institutional legitimacy: (en route) to a PhD in Political Science from the University of Chicago // Graduate Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies // M.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago // B.A. in Political Science and Women's Studies from Barnard College. (To index the historical shift, I include my majors. To be a part of it, Barnard now offers "Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.")

the one thing from an "honors and awards" section I can't even pretend not to be thrilled about: Wayne C. Booth Graduate Student Prize for Excellene in Teaching, The University of Chicago, 2017.

some biographical stuff,

because all knowledge is situated and comes from someone who comes from somewhere

Having moved all over Los Angeles County easter egg as a child, I identify "hometown" with the San Gabriel Valley. For those somewhat familiar with Southern California, it can be best described, thus: "If you hop on The 10 around the Pacific Ocean, drive East until people stop speaking English."

Currently, I live in Chicago. I came here by way of electoral and legislative work that took me from Amherst to Boston to Philadelphia to Harrisburg to Cleveland to Akron to Denver to Colorado Springs and then back to Philadelphia before returning to school and completing my BA in New York City.
sneakers and skateboard
sometimes, I find my LA showing,
despite my best efforts