Stephen Hong Sohn

Professor; Thomas F.X. and Theresa Mullarkey Chair in Literature

Stephen Sohn

Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara

Research and Teaching Interests: Asian American literature, (comparative) race & ethnic studies, queer studies, contemporary literature and culture, narratology


  • Stephen Hong Sohn, a former University of California President’s Postdoctoral fellow (2006-2007), has edited or co-edited a number of different works and special issues, including Transnational Asian American Literature: Sites and Transits (Temple University Press, 2006); Studies in the Literary Imagination (SLI, Vol. 37.1, Spring 2004) on Asian American Literature; MELUS (Winter 2008) on the topic of “Alien/Asian”; and Modern Fiction Studies on the topic of “Theorizing Asian American Fiction” (2010). Articles have appeared or are forthcoming in American QuarterlyArizona Quarterly, Cultural CritiqueJournal of Asian American StudiesJournal of Narrative Theory, Modern Fiction StudiesStudies in the Literary Imagination, the Southeast Asian Review of English (SARE), among other journals. He was co-chair of The Circle for Asian American Literary Studies (CAALS), a literature society affiliated with the American Literature Association from 2006-2008. He co-edited Karen Tei Yamashita’s Anime Wong: Fictions of Performance (Coffee House Press, 2014). His first book, Racial Asymmetries (New York University Press, 2014), focuses on contemporary Asian American fictional production, social context methodology, and aesthetic practices. His second book, Inscrutable Belongings (Stanford University Press, 2018) considers alternative kinship, communal formations, and plots of survival in queer Asian North American fictions. It was the Winner of the 2020 Asian American Studies Book Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Humanities and Cultural Studies: Literary Studies, sponsored by the Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS). A third book and maybe even a fourth are brewing. He also is founder and moderator of Asian American Literature Fans, an open access website devoted to reviews and discussions in the field.