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Associate Professor of Asian American Studies and Visual Studies and Associate Director of Asian American Studies

Denise Khor is a media historian and author of Transpacific Convergences: Race, Migration and Japanese American Film Culture before World War II (University of North Carolina Press, 2022), which explores the historical experiences of Japanese Americans at the cinema and traces an alternative network of film production, circulation, and exhibition. Areas of research specialization include film and media history, early cinema, nontheatrical film, critical ethnic studies, and Asian American film and media.

She is jointly appointed in the Department of Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies (CSSH) and the Department of Art + Design (CAMD), with a courtesy appointment in History. She is also affiliated with Communication & Media and Screen Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

In 2019-2020, she was a faculty fellow at Harvard University’s Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History.

She has published work in Film Quarterly, Pacific Historical Review, Southern California Quarterly, and The Rising Tide of Color: Race, State Violence, and Radical Movements Across the Pacific (edited by Moon Ho-Jung, 2014), among other publications. She is working on her next book project “The Invisible Hand: A History of Asian Americans in the Animation Industry.”


Prior to Northeastern, she was an Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

  • Education

    Ph.D. University of California, San Diego
    BA, University of Florida

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