Sharon Luk

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Biographical Sketch

Sharon is from San Francisco and received B.A. degrees in Comparative Literature and Ethnic Studies from Brown University. She completed her M.A. in Education at UCLA and her M.A. in American Studies and Ethnicity at USC, where she is finishing her doctoral dissertation called "The Life of Paper: A Poetics." The life of paper refers to the role of letter correspondence in practices of social reproduction, specifically within histories of genocidal racism, mass incarceration, and human resilience in California and the West. Sharon has earned several academic awards in addition to hearty qualifications from the non-university labor force, mainly in the fields of youth development, domestic violence counseling, affordable housing, and print media. In general, she is passionate about knowledge production as a social practice, especially in relation to race, gender, sexuality, state violence, social movements, community development, and diaspora. Sharon is honored to work with Ruth Wilson Gilmore (dissertation chair, ASE), Robin D.G. Kelley (ASE and History), Judith Jack Halberstam (ASE and English), and David Lloyd (English).


  • B.A. Brown University, 2001
  • M.A. UC - Los Angeles, 2006

Employment History

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University, 2012-2013



  • Department of American Studies & Ethnicity
  • University of Southern California
  • 3620 South Vermont Avenue
  • Kaprielian Hall 462
  • Los Angeles, California 90089-2534