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Jeong Eun Annabel We

Assistant Professor of Korean Literature and Culture

Ph.D., Rutgers University, 2020

Jeong Eun Annabel We (she/they) specializes in modern Korean literature and culture and decolonial thought. Her current book project focuses on the questions of immobility and de-coloniality in Korean and diasporic literature and culture of the transpacific, engaging the ongoing militarism and settler colonialism in the region.

Her teaching interests include global South to global South intellectual genealogies, contemporary South Korean fiction, film, and social movements, diasporic cultural production, settler colonialism, critical race theory, feminist and queer theory, and disability studies. In Spring 2022, she will be offering two undergraduate courses in Korean Studies: one on fictional and filmic representations of disasters in contemporary South Korea and another on debates and current issues in feminist, queer, and disability justice movements in South Korea (cross-listed with Gender and Sexuality Studies Program). For questions about working with her, please consult her website.

She co-edited the special issue “Fanon, Decoloniality, and the Spirit of Bandung” for Bandung: Journal of the Global South with Nelson Maldonado-Torres, Mireille Fanon Mendès-France, and Zandisiwe Radebe. Her publications have also appeared in the anthology Decolonising the University (Pluto Press 2018) and the journals GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies, ACTA Koreana, Cultural Dynamics, and Philosophy and Global Affairs.

In 2021, she returns to Northwestern after eight years. She received her B.A. from Northwestern University and her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Rutgers University, New Brunswick. She also holds a certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies from Rutgers University.

She has been awarded Excellence in Service and Outreach by the School of Graduate Studies, Rutgers University for her work with NoDutDol for Korean Community Development. Her collaborative artistic publication with NoDutDol has been featured in The Social Movement Archive (Litwin Books and Library Juice Press 2021) by Jen Hoyer and Nora Almeida and included in the multi-site exhibit “Shaping the Past” by the the Goethe Institut, Monument Lab (Philadelphia), and the Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, Germany).

In 2012, she co-founded the Critical Theory Research Workshop at Northwestern with Rafael Vizcaíno and X. Joyce Fan, with the support of the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, and now serves as its faculty sponsor. She also serves on the advisory board for the Program in Critical Theory.

Selected Publications:


Frantz Fanon, Decoloniality, and the Spirit of Bandung.” (with N. Maldonado-Torres, M. Fanon-Mendès-France, and Z. Radebe). Bandung: Journal of the Global South 6.2. 2019


 “Editorial Introduction: Frantz Fanon, Decoloniality, and the Spirit of Bandung.” (with N. Maldonado-Torres, M. Fanon-Mendès-France, and Z. Radebe). Bandung: Journal of the Global South 6.2: 153-161. 2019.

“The Spirit of Bandung Beyond Colonial Mobility.” Bandung: Journal of the Global South 6.2: 190-209. 2019.

“The Transpacific Tempest: Relational Sovereignty and Spiritual Sociogenesis.” Cultural Dynamics 31.4: 375-398. 2019.


 “Decolonizing Philosophy.” (with N. Maldonado-Torres, R. Vizcaíno, and J. Wallace). Decolonising the University. Ed. by G. K. Bhambra, D. Gebrial, and K. Nisancioglu. Pluto Press: 64-90. 2018.



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