Mark Tseng Putterman
I am a PhD student in American Studies focusing on Asian American political organizing, coalitional politics, and comparative ethnic studies. As someone committed to the political project of ethnic studies, I am drawn to public humanities work in order to think critically about how to make my scholarship public-facing and to make theory work for social movements. My background in public humanities includes serving as associate curator for the New York University exhibition series Haunted Files: The Eugenics Record Office, which explored the history and legacy of the U.S. eugenics movement and “scientific” racism. I try to write for a public audience when I can, and my recent work on Asian American racial politics has appeared in the Huffington Post, Truth-Out, The Root, and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop.