Juliana Hu Pegues


CFD Predoctoral Fellow

Neill Hall 101
Telephone: 651-696-6668

Hu Pegues is a Consortium for Faculty Development fellow in the American Studies Department.  She is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Minnesota, and her dissertation, titled “Interrogating Intimacies: Asian American and Native Relations in Colonial Alaska,” asks how historical and discursive relationships between Asian and Native peoples in Alaska critically shift understandings of race, gender, nation, and empire. She is published in the journals MELUS (Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S.), Lodestar Quarterly, Sinister Wisdom, and the Asian American Literary Review; and in the anthologies Dragon Ladies: Asian American Feminists Breathe Fire; Sing, Whisper, Shout, Pray! Feminist Visions for a Just World; and the forthcoming Asian American Feminisms.  Juliana is a former MacArthur fellow through the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change, an Interdisciplinary Doctoral fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, and an activist/scholar in residence at the Center for Advanced Feminist Studies, all at the University of Minnesota.  She has received the Graduate Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity Award at the University of Minnesota, an American Indian Studies Dissertation Research Award, and an Honorable Mention for the 2012 Association for Asian American Studies Best Graduate Student Paper.

Juliana entered graduate school after fifteen years of work as an artist and activist.  Some of the organizations she has worked for in the Twin Cities include Asian American Renaissance, Women Against Military Madness, Women’s Prison Book Project, Minnesota Immigrant Freedom Network, and the Freire Center for Popular Education.  In the Bay Area, Juliana has also worked with Asian Immigrant Women Advocates, San Francisco Women Against Rape, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, and the California Coalition for Women Prisoners.  As a poet and playwright, Juliana’s work has been published and produced locally and nationally, including plays and performances at Theater Mu, Mixed Blood Theatre, Intermedia Arts, and the Walker Art Center.  Juliana is a former member of the women of color theater group Mama Mosaic and the Asian Pacific Islander American women and trans performance collective Mango Tribe.

Her research and teaching interests include:  Asian American studies, Native studies, critical ethnic studies, women of color feminism, queer theory, performance and creative writing, empire, and U.S. settler colonialism.