Caroline Cheung

PhD Graduate Candidate

Caroline Cheung is a PhD Candidate in English with a graduate certificate in Gender, Women’s, & Sexuality Studies. She works at the intersections of women of color feminisms, theories of state violence, transformative justice and prison abolitionism. She researches the ways myths of white supremacy and proximities to whiteness uphold the prison-industrial complex. She believes that the creative and imaginative work of literature serves as revolutionary gestures, providing both experiences and frameworks for transformative justice and community accountability. Knowing that scholarship must be accessible and active and that critical theory elevates activism, Caroline prioritizes the collaboration between public scholarship and collective praxis in her work as an activist-scholar.

As an educator, Caroline teaches through anti-racist, anti-oppressive, and social justice lenses. Her pedagogy focuses on creating radical community in the classroom and amplifying the power that revolutionary, grassroots study has outside of academia, as well. She has taught Rhetoric and General Education Literature courses at the University of Iowa and the Iowa Medical Classification Center Correctional Facility. Since teaching at the University of Iowa, Caroline has received the Champion for Student Success Award, Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, and the Doug Trank Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Caroline’s work has appeared in Creative Education, The Press-Citizen, The Daily Iowan, The Des Moines Register, and Imagining America. She has presented at various conferences including the Rethinking Poverty Conference, the Centre for Feminisms and Sexualities, the UCLA Thinking Gender Conference, the Mind-Body-Violence Symposium, Craft Critique Culture, the Jakobsen Conference, and NeMLA. She has also presented at the National Women’s Studies Association and served on the NWSA Women of Color Leadership Project. She is an Imagining America PAGE Fellow, a UI Center for Teaching Fellow, an Obermann Humanities for the Public Good Advisory Board member, and a recipient of the Adah Johnson/Otilia Maria Fernandez Scholarship for feminist activism and research.