Instructor Bio

Mimi Khúc, PhD

Adjunct Lecturer


Mimi Khúc is a Vietnamese American scholar, teacher, and writer on race and religion, queer of color politics, mental health, and Asian American motherhood.


BA Sociology & Religious Studies, University of Maryland College Park, 2003.
MA Religious Studies, University of California Santa Barbara, 2006.
PhD Religious Studies & Feminist Studies, University of California Santa Barbara, 2013.

Research and Publications

2017 “Open in Emergency: A Special Issue on Asian American Mental Health,” Guest editor for special issue of The Asian American Literary Review, forthcoming.

2017 “Where the History Books End: Religion and Vietnamese America in the Afterlife of the Vietnam War,” Asian American Religions in the 21st Century, University of Hawai’i Press, forthcoming.

2016 “(Un)Making Mothers, Orphans, and Transnational Adoptees: The Afterlife of the Vietnam War in Aimee Phan's We Should Never Meet.” Critical Theology Against U.S. Militarism in Asia: Decolonization and Deimperialization, Palgrave Macmillan.

2014 “What It Means to Love Mothers.” Briarpatch Magazine (July/August 2014).

2013 “Living Under Siege.” Black Girl Dangerous.

2013 “Postpartum Depression: On Motherhood, Academia, and Mental Health.” The Professor Is In.


  • AAST398E: Growing Up Asian American: The Asian Immigrant Family and the Second Generation
  • AAST398A: Vietnamese American Studies
  • AAST398L: Asian Americans in Film
  • AAST398V: Women of Color Feminisms and Solidarities
  • AAST###: Asian American Mental Health
  • RELS216/289i: What is Religion?