Jennifer Noji is a PhD candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature at UCLA. She is completing a Graduate Concentration in Asian American Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Writing Pedagogy. She works in the fields of cultural memory studies, human rights, and digital humanities, and her research interests include camps and incarceration, activism and solidarity, as well as migration and displacement. Her dissertation project, tentatively titled “The Implicated Reader: Politics of Address in Literatures of Human Rights,” explores how literature employing particular formal and rhetorical techniques can implicate readers in events and structures of violence. 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

  • Human rights: examining narratives 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 can implicate readers in legacies of injustice

Publications

Articles

  • “Implicated Subjects and Memory Activism.” Co-authored with Michael Rothberg for The Routledge Handbook of Memory Activism, (forthcoming) 2022.
  • “The Implicated Reader: Evoking Guilt and Anger in Jamaica Kincaid’s A Small Place.” Parallax, (awaiting review) 2023.

Field of Interest

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

Languages

German, Japanese, Italian

Teaching

  • Spring 2022: Seminar Instructor, UCLA Cluster Program – “Fictions of Human Rights”
  • 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”