Elizabeth Son (PhD 2011, American Studies), assistant professor in the Department of Theatre at Northwestern University’s School of Communication, has won the 2015 Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty. The award is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The yearlong fellowship allows exceptional junior faculty to work on their research in pursuit of tenure. Son is spending the current academic year finishing her first book: Embodied Reckonings: Comfort Women, Performance, and Transpacific Justice, which will be published by the University of Michigan Press.
Embodied Reckonings focuses on the political and cultural significance of performances in Korea, Japan, and the United States as a way to understand the history of Japanese military sexual slavery. It explores and analyzes Korean and Korean-American theater, protests, tribunals, and memorials as sites for re-imagining what constitutes redress.
Son’s research interests span many areas, including Asian and Asian-American theater and performance, transnational/diaspora studies, race and gender, human rights and social movements, and the arts and social justice.
Her second book project, The Drama of Human Trafficking, will examine the interrelationship between the migration of trafficked Asian women into the United States, anti-trafficking advocacy, and representations of these women and their experiences in the news media, film, and theatre. Her articles have appeared in Asian Theatre Journal (forthcoming), Theatre Survey, Theater, and e-misférica.