Iyko Day

Associate Professor of English; on leave 2020-2021
Asian American Studies, Critical Ethnic Studies, Marxist Theory, Racial Capitalism, Settler Colonial Studies, Queer of Color Critique

Iyko Day is Associate Professor of English and Critical Social Thought at Mount Holyoke College and Faculty Member in the Five College Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program. Her research focuses on Asian North American literature and visual culture; settler colonialism and racial capitalism; Marxist theory and queer of color critique. She is the author of Alien Capital: Asian Racialization and the Logic of Settler Colonial Capitalism (Duke, 2016) and she co-edits the book series Critical Race, Indigeneity, and Relationality for Temple University Press. Her current project examines nuclear colonialism in North America, Africa, and Asia and the visuality of racial capitalism.


Selected articles (available at academia.edu)

  • “Afro-Feminism Before Afro-Pessimism: Meditations on Gender and Ontology.” The Wretched of the World: The Past and Present of Antiblackness. Eds. Moon-Kie Jung and João H. Costa Vargas. Forthcoming 2020, Duke University Press.
  • “Solidarities of Nonalignment: Abolition, Decolonization and Anti-Capitalism.” Co-authored with Michael J. Viola, Dean Itsuji Saranillio, and Juliana Hu Pegues. Critical Ethnic Studies 5.1-2 (2019).
  • “Accumulation by Education: White Property and Racialized Debt.” Public Seminar publicseminar.org The New School for Social Research. Published June 14, 2019.
  • “Settler Colonialism in Asian North American Representation.” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature.28 Sep. 2018 http://literature.oxfordre.com/view/10.1093/acrefore/9780190201098.001.0...
  • “On Decolonial Relationality” and “Settler Colonial Critique, Transnational Lessons.” Verge: Studies in Global Asias 5.1 (2019): 2-11
  • “Beyond Atomic Beauty: Transnational Warping in Lisa Yoneyama’s Cold War Ruins.” Amerasia Journal. 44.3 (2018): 83-88
  • “Alien Capital: Asian Racialization and the Logic of Settler Colonial Capitalism Book Review Forum” by Wesley Attewell, Michelle Daigle, Genevieve Clutario, May Farrales, Stevie Ruiz, Christine Peralta, Dory Nason, and Iyko Day. The AAG [American Association of Geographers] Review of Books 6.3 (2018):192-205
  • “Hiroshima Hesitant.” Photography and Culture 10.2 (2017): 169-171
  • “Being or Nothingness: Indigeneity, Antiblackness, and Settler Colonial Critique.” Critical Ethnic Studies 1.2 (2015): 102-121
  • “Tseng Kwong Chi and the Eugenic Landscape.” American Quarterly 64.5 (2013): 91-118
  • “Alien Intimacies: The Coloniality of Japanese Internment in Australia, Canada, and the US.” Amerasia Journal 36.2 (2010). 107-124.
    *Awarded the American Studies Association (ASA) Comparative Ethnic Studies Essay Prize at the ASA Annual Conference, Washington, DC, Nov. 5-8, 2009“
  • “Must All Asianness Be American?: The Census, Racial Classification, and Asian Canadian Emergence.” Canadian Literature199 (2008): 45-70.

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Calling out xenophobia in “China virus”

English professor Iyko Day explains the inherent racism in referring to the new coronavirus as the “China virus.”