Faculty in Action:



Prof. Dorinne Kondo:


Kondo reprised her role as dramaturg for the 30th anniversary production of TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES 1992 at the Mark Taper Forum in the spring of 2023.


Kondo’s comic drama SEAMLESS was chosen as one of four plays featured in workshop productions for Morgan-Wixson Theater’s New Work Festival, upcoming in late September through mid-October. Based on Kondo’s interviews with her parents, SEAMLESS stages the indeterminacy of history and memory, the afterlife of trauma, and the (im)possibility of knowing the people we love most. Tickets available here: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/1221


Kondo’s concept “reparative creativity” will be a featured concept at a keynote/ plenary event at the RACE conference, sponsored by the X at Johns Hopkins University in October.


Prof. Natalia Molina:


Molina published an essay, in honor of her brother, David, who recently passed away. She writes: “But sports talk can also transcend small talk and become a shared field of memories, a tie that binds.”



She also published an essay here:



Professor Francille Wilson:


Wilson was awarded the Carter G. Woodson Scholar’s Medallion from the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH).  It will be presented at the 108th Annual Conference of ASALH, the oldest scholarly society dedicated to African American History and Culture on September 23rd.


Prof. Alicia Chavez: 


In the spring, Chavez won the 2023 MMUF Adjunct Faculty Fellowship award.


Prof. Evelyn Alsultany:


Alsultany’s book, Broken: The Failed Promise of Muslim Inclusion has been chosen as the Arab American National Museum’s Honorable Mention for the Evelyn Shakir Non-Fiction Academic Award for 2023.


Prof. Viet Nguyen


Nguyen has a new book coming out in October, A MAN OF TWO FACES: A MEMOIR, A HISTORY, A MEMORIAL.


Nguyen will be giving six lectures at Harvard as the Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry.


Prof. Jackie Wang


Wang received two fellowships:

  • American Democracy Fellowship at Harvard University’s Charles Warren Center
  • Policy Scholar at Howard University’s Center for an Equitable Economy and Sustainable Society

In November, she has a book (essay collection) coming out with Semiotext(e) / MIT Press titled Alien Daughters Walk Into the Sun.


In addition, Prof. Wang was in conversation with Christopher Soto in the L.A. Times. They discussed artificial intelligence and the craft of writing.  See:  https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/books/story/2023-08-23/will-ai-replace-writers-christopher-soto-jackie-wang-game-out-the-future