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.

Recent Campus News

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The rise of COVID-19 and anti-Asian bias

Mount Holyoke professor Iyko Day argues that the rise in anti-Asian sentiment is fueled by both current leadership and capitalist principles.

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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.”

Recent Grants

Was invited to participate as the Leslie Center William H. Morton Distinguished Senior Fellow in Fall 2020 Humanities Institute on Transnational and Decolonial Humanities: U.S. Ethnic Studies and Its Global Other at Dartmouth College Leslie Center for the Humanities.

Recent Publications

Day, I. (2020). The Yellow Plague and Romantic Anticapitalism. Monthly Review, 72(3), 64-73.

Day, I. “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.

Day, I. “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).

Day, I. “Accumulation by Education: White Property and Racialized Debt.” Public Seminar publicseminar.org The New School for Social Research. Published June 14, 2019.

Day, I. “On Decolonial Relationality” and “Settler Colonial Critique, Transnational Lessons.” Verge: Studies in Global Asias 5.1 (2019): 2-11

Recent Honors

“Racial Capitalism and Disposable Populations in the Time of Covid-19,” Red May Seattle 2020: Capitalism or Life, Viral Edition, Livestreamed May 15, 2020