Faculty Biographies

Quynh Nhu Le

Quynh Nhu Le

Associate Professor


Office: CPR 327
Phone: 813-974-9515
Fax: 813-974-2270
Email: nhule@usf.edu


Quynh Nhu Le earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in English Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She received her B.A. at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Dr. Le specializes in Critical Ethnic studies, Settler Colonial studies, Critical Refugee studies, Asian American literature and film, Native American/Indigenous literature and film, and theories of affect and embodiment.

Her work has appeared in interdisciplinary journals such as Amerasia Journal, Journal of Asian American Studies, and Dance Chronicle. Her book, Unsettled Solidarities: Asian and Indigenous Cross-Representations in the Américas (Temple University Press, 2019) examines contemporary Asian and Indigenous crossings within different settler states in the Américas. Le close reads literary works by both groups alongside political speeches, interviews, and hemispheric race theories to trace cross-community tensions and possibilities for solidarities amidst the entangled imposition of racialization and settler colonization. Dr. Le is currently working on a second book entitled Decolonizing Rescue: Representations of Vietnamese Refugee Movements in U.S. Settlements. This monograph analyzes Vietnamese diasporic cultural productions to trace how discourses of U.S. humanitarianism, rescue, and asylum can play into settler logics of American exceptionalism that erase Indigenous presence. For her research, Dr. Le has been awarded the McKnight Junior Faculty Development Fellowship (2015-2016), the Creative Scholarship Grant (2018-2019), the New Researcher Grant (2015-2016), the Humanities Institute Summer Grant (2015), and the Arts and Sciences Award (2015).

At the graduate level, Dr. Le has taught Asian American Literature, Film, and Theory; Native American/Indigenous Literature and Film; and Studies in Criticism and Theory II. At the Undergraduate level, she has taught Literature, Race & Ethnicity; Contemporary Literature; Modern Short Prose; Honors Seminar: Cross-Racial Relationalities; and Asian American Literature & Film. If you are interested in working with Dr. Le on Honors, Masters, or Ph.D. projects, particularly in her fields of specialization, please contact her at nhule@usf.edu.


  • Ph.D. and M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara
  • B.A. University of Colorado, Boulder