Minh-Ha T. Pham

Minh-Ha T. Pham (@minh81is an Associate Professor in the Graduate Program in Media Studies at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Before coming to Pratt, she was an Assistant Professor at Cornell University in the History of Art and Visual Studies Department and Asian American Studies Program. Her research examines how relations of race, gender, and capitalism shape and are reshaped by social media practices and platforms. Her writings on the subject appear in a wide range of scholarly and mainstream publications including Social TextAmerican QuarterlyJacobin, and The Atlantic. She is also the author of Asians Wear Clothes on the Internet: Race, Gender, and the Work of Personal Style Blogging (Duke University Press 2015) which considers how social media has enabled new and old racially gendered forms of fashion labor.

Currently, she is working on two book projects: (1) a book, tentatively titled Social Legality: Mediating Race, Morality, and Piracy, that investigates how social media is an extra-legal but no less authoritative site for the production and maintenance of race and property relations in the context of fashion design, a work that is not protected under US copyright law (2) a co-edited collection of essays (with Anjali Vats and Deidré A. Keller) that intends to expand the interdisciplinary scope and reach of the subfield of race and intellectual property beyond the legal academy.

Selected Publications:
  1. Pham, M.-H. T. (2020). As fashion lines are praised for making face masks, don’t ignore garment workers. Truthout.
  2. Pham, M.-H. T. (2017). The high cost of high fashion. Jacobin.
  3. Pham, M.-H. T. (2016). Feeling appropriately: On fashion copyright talk and copynorms. Social Text, 34(3(128)), 51-74.
  4. Lambert, L., & Pham, M.-H. T. (2015). Spinoza in a t-shirt. The New Inquiry.
  5. Pham, M.-H. T. (2015). Asians wear clothes on the internet: Race, gender, and the work of personal style blogging. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
  6. Pham, M.-H. T. (2015). “I click and post and breathe, waiting for others to see what I see”: On #FeministSelfies outfit photos and networked vanity. Fashion Theory, 19(2), 221-241.
  7. Pham, M.-H. T. (2015). Visualizing “the misfit”: Virtual fitting rooms and the politics of technology. American Quarterly, 67(1), 165-188.
  8. Pham, M.-H. T. (2014). Fashion’s cultural-appropriation debate: Pointless. The Atlantic.