Lilly Nguyen

Lilly Nguyen is an assistant professor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill. I am also an adjunct assistant professor at the School of Information and Library Science  and affiliated with the Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative. Her work explores the cultural politics of ethnicity, expertise, and information technologies in transnational circulation. With a focus on Vietnam and the Vietnamese diaspora, her work asks how tenable is difference as a value to uphold when marginalized people seek to establish themselves as modern subjects, as equivalents, as legitimate equals through the work of information technologies? She explores these questions through anthropological fieldwork of software production and archival memorializing.

Her scholarship has also been supported by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Fulbright Institute of International Education. Recently, she co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Peer-Production on “Feminism and (Un)Hacking” and is currently writing a monograph about the social worlds of software production in Vietnam and the intimacies of imitation.

Selected Publications:
  1. Nguyen, L. (2018). “This is not who we are”: Freedom as moral affect and the whiteness of mutuality. Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience, 4(1).
  2. Nguyen, L. U. (2017). Ethnic platforms and the failure of techno-futurity. Journal of Asian American Studies, 20(1), 51-68.
  3. Nguyen, L. U. (2016). Infrastructural action in Vietnam: Inverting the techno-politics of hacking in the global South. New Media and Society, 18(4), 637-652.