Ju Yon Kim joined the English Department in 2011 after receiving her Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University. In addition, she holds a B.A. in English from Yale University. Her research and teaching interests include Asian American fiction, drama, and film; modern and contemporary American theater; and theories of performance and the everyday. She is currently working on a book manuscript that explores how habits and routines, when rendered spectacular in literature and performance, mediate between pressures to materialize and erase racial difference. The project includes studies of the pseudo-Chinese play The Yellow Jacket, Thornton Wilder's Our Town, Velina Hasu Houston's Tea, Joy Kogawa's Itsuka, and Anna Deavere Smith's Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992. Kim's research has been published in Theatre Journal and Modern Drama, and she has another article forthcoming in a special issue of the Journal of Transnational American Studies. She is the past recipient of the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies, the Mellon Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, and Stanford's Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity Teaching Fellowship.