Jennifer Noji is a PhD student in the Department of Comparative Literature at UCLA. She is completing a graduate concentration in Asian American studies and works in the fields of cultural memory studies, human rights, and the digital humanities. Her research interests include camps and incarceration, activism and solidarity, and immigration. Her current research project focuses on how literary texts representing histories of injustice can implicate readers in past events and their ongoing remembrance. Additionally, Jennifer is a co-organizer of the UCLA Working Group in Memory Studies, which brings together faculty and graduate students from across the humanities and social sciences who are interested in cultural memory studies.

Education

  • B.A. in Comparative Literature with a minor in German from Rutgers University
  • M.A. in Comparative Literature from UCLA

Research

  • US Camps: examining experiences of forced removal and exclusion, racism, and rightlessness
  • Memory activism: assessing how contemporary social movements mobilize memories of past injustice
  • Political responsibility: exploring how literature representing histories of injustice can implicate readers in past events and their ongoing remembrance

Publications

Articles

  • “Implicated Subjects and Memory Activism,” co-authored with Michael Rothberg for Handbook of Memory Activism (forthcoming)

Field of Interest

Asian American Studies, Cultural Memory Studies, Human Rights, Ethnic Literature, Postcolonialism, Activism, Migration, Refugees, Camps & Incarceration, Digital Humanities

Languages

German, Japanese

Teaching

  • Winter 2022: Teaching Assistant, Comparative Literature – “Literature and Displacement: Migrants, Refugees, Exiles”
  • Fall 2021: Teaching Assistant, Comparative Literature – “Exploring Great Books from Age of Enlightenment to the 20th Century”
  • Spring 2020: Seminar Instructor, UCLA Cluster Program – “US Incarceration Systems: What is a Camp?”
  • Winter 2020: Teaching Assistant, UCLA Cluster Program – “Political Violence in the Modern World”
  • Fall 2019: Teaching Assistant, UCLA Cluster Program – “Political Violence in the Modern World”