Thy Phu


Professor

Thy Phu

Professor

Thy Phu is a Professor of Media Studies at the Department of Arts, Culture, and Media at UTSC. Before joining the University of Toronto, she was based at Western University, where she taught cultural studies, American Studies, and critical theory, and has held visiting positions at the Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore and Yale University. Her digital humanities research and public humanities practice lies at the intersections of visual studies, photography theory, and digital archives, with a focus on empire, race, and migration. She is author of Picturing Model Citizens: Civility in Asian American Visual Culture and co-editor of Feeling Photography. Her most recent books, Warring Visions: Vietnam and Photography and Cold War Camera, explorations of the visual mediation of the global Cold War, are forthcoming at Duke University Press. Another co-edited book, Refugee States: Critical Refugee Studies in Canada, is forthcoming at the University of Toronto Press. She is also Director and PI of The Family Camera Network, a collaborative research project that engages local communities in the building of an antiracist public archive through the collection and preservation of family photographs and their stories. In 2017, she was elected as member of the College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists at the Royal Society of Canada. She is co-founder of the research group Critical Refugee Studies Network of Canada and co-editor of the peer-reviewed journal of Trans Asia Photography.