Caroline Chung Simpson

Associate Professor
Caroline Simpson

Contact Information

PDL A301
Office Hours
MW, 4:30-6pm, or by appt


Caroline Chung Simpson is an Associate Professor in CHID and English. She received an MFA in poetry from The University of Houston, and a PhD in American Studies from The University of Texas at Austin. Her first book, An Absent Presence: Japanese Americans in Postwar American Culture, 1945-1960, questions the constitution and use of internment’s archives by exposing the largely unacknowledged connection between Japanese American Internment and broader postwar developments, including the discourse on racial integration and US Cold War policies in East Asia. Her current teaching and writing interest continues to pursue the potential of unorthodox or emerging forms for representing historical experience, including, but not limited to, new forms of creative non-fiction, outsider art practices, and visual narratives.


Selected Research

Courses Taught

CHID Thesis Advising Areas

I specialize in two general areas: creative writing, as well as contemporary art practices. More specifically I am interested in creative-nonfiction and poetry, as well as critiques or interventions in visual culture, ranging from comics to contemporary art practices, that involve queer and racial experience.

Some recent thesis projects that I've advised include:

  • Comics, especially queer and POC memoirs.
  • Art Intervention Projects focused on de-colonial practices.
  • Poetry Collections involving experimentation.
  • Creative Non-Fiction essay collections that include a historical component.

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