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H.L.T. Quan

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Lincoln Center Affiliated Faculty
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6403
Associate Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6403
Associate Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6403
Assoc Professor, Justice & Soc. Inq.
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6403
Biography

Associate Professor, Justice and Social Inquiry, School of Social Transformation, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Affiliated Faculty, African and African American Studies, Asian Pacific American Studies and Women and Gender Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

H. L. T. Quan (Ph.D. University of California-Santa Barbara) is an Associate Professor and an Affiliate Faculty in African/African American Studies, Asian Pacific American Studies and Women's and Gender Studies.  She is a political theorist and an award winning documentary filmmaker.  Her research centers on race, gender and radical thought.  Professor Quan's monograph,  Growth Against Democracy: Savage Developmentalism in the Modern World (Lexington Books, 2012is a radical critique of modern development thinking and programs, including neoliberalism and corporate globalization.  Her current book project focuses on ungovernability, anarchy and tools for democratic living. She is also conducting research on the historical and political development of Black capitalism in the United States, with Darryl T. Thomas (Penn State University). Her writings can be found in Social Identities, Race & Class, Meridians, Signs,  and the edited volume, Race & Human Rights (ed. Curtis Stokes).  She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on social/cultural theories; theoretical perspectives on justice; justice and utopias, community research; race, gender and consciousness; wealth and poverty; social protests; and, Black movements in America.

As a documentary filmmaker, Professor Quan is a co-founder and member of QUAD Productions, a not for profit production company that produces media for progressive community organizations and activists. Through QUAD and in collaboration with C. A. Griffith (Associate Professor, School of Theatre & Film), she has co-directed, co-produced, and co-edited more than half a dozen short and feature length socially relevant documentaries. They recently completed AMERICA'S HOME   (2011: 67 min), a visually stunning and haunting film about gentrification, displacement and popular resistance in San Juan, Puerto Rico. MOUNTAINS THAT TAKE WING--Angela Davis & Yuri Kochiyama: A Conversation on Life, Struggles & Liberation,  (2009: 97 min, Women Make Movies) is an award winning film featuring conversations, spanning over 13 years, between Angela Davis, an internationally acclaimed activist and philosopher and Yuri Kochiyama, an 86 year old community activist and a former confidant of Malcolm X. The film showcases two extraordinary women who found themselves in the midst of some of the most important social movements of the 20th century.  Professor Quan also has worked on radio and access television public affairs programs for more than 15 years.

 

 

Please visit Professor Quan's production website for more information about her and her media related work: http://www.quadproductions.org/  You may also see her most recent film work on immigration and arizona here <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJik3l2vb1g> and here <http://vimeo.com/12070620>

 

 

Research Interests

Race, gender and radical political thought

Social movements

Democratic theories

Anarchy

Race, gender and wealth formations

Black wealth

Black Radical Thought

Radical epistemologies

Feminist filmmaking as democratic social research

Publications
  • H. L. T. Quan. Growth Against Democracy: Savage Developmentalism in the Modern World. (2012).
  • C. A. Griffith & H. L. T. Quan. América's Home. (2012).
  • C. A. Griffith & H. L. T. Quan. América's Home. (2011).
  • C. A. Griffith & H. L. T. Quan. Arizona Women and Children Rise: Resisting SB 1070. (2010).
  • C. A. Griffith H. L. T. Quan. Mountains That Take Wing/Angela Davis & Yuri Kochiyama: A Conversation on Life, Struggles & Liberation. (2009).
  • H. L. T. Quan. Race, Immigration and the Limits of Citizenship. Race and Human Rights (2008).
  • H. L. T. Quan. Geniuses of Resistance: Feminist Consciousness and the Black Radical Tradition. Race & Class: A Journal on Racism, Empire and Globalisation (2005).
  • . Geniuses of Resistance: Feminism Consciousness and the Black Radical Tradition. (2005).
  • Helen Quan. Race, Nation and Diplomacy: Japanese Immigrants and the Reconfiguration of Brazil's 'Desirables'. Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture (2004).
  • Helen Quan, C Griffith. The Many Faces of Globalism and the Challenges of Documentary Filmmaking. Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism (2002).
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
JUS 303Justice Theory
JUS 492Honors Directed Study
JUS 493Honors Thesis
JUS 498Pro-Seminar
JUS 499Individualized Instruction
JUS 590Reading and Conference
JUS 592Research
JUS 599Thesis
JUS 620Justice Research Methodology
JUS 790Reading and Conference
JUS 792Research
JUS 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
JUS 303Justice Theory
JUS 492Honors Directed Study
JUS 493Honors Thesis
JUS 498Pro-Seminar
JUS 499Individualized Instruction
JUS 590Reading and Conference
JUS 592Research
JUS 593Applied Project
JUS 599Thesis
JUS 640Theoretical Perspect/Justice
JUS 790Reading and Conference
JUS 792Research
JUS 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
JUS 492Honors Directed Study
JUS 493Honors Thesis
JUS 498Pro-Seminar
JUS 499Individualized Instruction
JUS 592Research
JUS 599Thesis
JUS 790Reading and Conference
JUS 792Research
JUS 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
JUS 303Justice Theory
JUS 321Wealth Distribution & Poverty
JUS 492Honors Directed Study
JUS 493Honors Thesis
JUS 498Pro-Seminar
JUS 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
JUS 303Justice Theory
JUS 394Special Topics
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
JUS 303Justice Theory
JUS 498Pro-Seminar
JUS 691Seminar
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
JUS 498Pro-Seminar
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
JUS 394Special Topics
JUS 501Justice Theory
Summer 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
WST 799Dissertation
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
JUS 321Wealth Distribution & Poverty
JUS 430Soc Protest/Conflict & Change
JUS 494Special Topics
JUS 498Pro-Seminar
JUS 591Seminar
JHR 599Thesis
Fall 2012
Course NumberCourse Title
JUS 430Soc Protest/Conflict & Change
JUS 501Justice Theory
Presentations
  • H. L. T. Quan. Democratic Anarchism & the Art of Being Ungoverned. Fanaticism and the Abolition Democracy: Critical Theory in the Spirit of Joel Olsen (Jan 2013).
  • H. L. T. Quan. Jobs with Justice: Economic Justice & the Legacy of Bayard Rustin. Social Justice in the Academy Summit (Jan 2013).
  • H. L. T. Quan. Gentrification, Displacement & Empire: No Se Vende! A Conversation about Filming Resistance in Puerto Rico. American Studies Association Annual Meeting (Nov 2012).
  • H. L. T. Quan. Rememory & Enactment-Fugitive History and the Contemporary Struggles Against Urban Displacement in San Juan, Puerto Rico. National Conference of Black Political Scientists Annual Meeting (Mar 2012).
  • H. L. T. Quan. Racial Capitalism, White Supremacy, and Tea Party Politics. Public Lecture (Sep 2011).
  • H. L. T. Quan. Mobilizing Pan-Asian America: A Status Report. Public Address (Sep 2011).
  • H. L. T. Quan. Filming Resistance: Contemporary Activism and the Media Arts. Public Lecture (Apr 2011).
  • H. L. T. Quan. Feminist Dialogic: Documentary Filmmaking and Storytelling. Public Lecture (Mar 2011).
  • H. L. T. Quan. Doing Ethnic Studies: Filming Social Movements. Ethnic Studies Now! A Symposium on Ethnic Studies (Mar 2011).
  • H. L. T. Quan. Racial Capitalism, White Supremacy & the Tea Party. National Conference of Black Political Scientists Annual Meeting (Mar 2011).
  • H. L. T. Quan. Liberationist Subjectivity, Critical Black Studies & the Scholarship of Cedric J. Robinson. Critical Ethnic Studies and the Future of Genocide: Settler Colonialism/Heteropatriachy/White Suprem (Mar 2011).
  • H. L. T. Quan. Feminist Documentary Filmmaking. Public Lecture (Feb 2011).
  • H. L. T. Quan. Documentary Filmmaking, Politics & Social Justice. Fourth Biennial Winter Institute for Black Studies (Feb 2011).
  • H. L. T. Quan. Feminist Collaboration, Documentary Filmmaking and Democratic Knowledge. Democratizing Knowledge Project: Developing Literacies, Building Communities, Seeding Change (Oct 2010).
  • H. L. T. Quan. State Addiction and Ungovernmentality. American Studies Association Annual Meeting (Oct 2010).
  • H. L. T. Quan. Mountains That Take Wing: Documentary Filmmaking as Critical Social Inquiry. Making the Future: The Scope and Limits of Social Change, Future of Minority Studies National Colloq (Jul 2010).
  • C. A. Griffth H. L. T. Quan. Mountains That Take Wing/Angela Davis & Yuri Kochiyama: A Conversation on Life, Struggles & Liberation. Local to Global Justice Teach In (Feb 2010).
  • C. A. Griffith H. L. T. Quan. Mountains That Take Wing/Angela Davis & Yuri Kochiyama: A Conversation on Life, Struggles & Liberation. University Film and Video Association Annual Meeting (Aug 2009).
  • C. A. Griffith H. L. T. Quan. The Angela Davis Project (working Title). University of California, Irvine (May 2009).
  • H. L. T. Quan C. A. Griffith. The Angela Davis Project (working title). Feminisms and Intersectionalities in the 21st Century (May 2009).
  • H. L. T. Quan. Forging Memories: Feminist & Democratic Filmmaking Praxis. Feminisms and Intersectionalities in the 21st Century (May 2009).
  • H. L. T. Quan. An Alternative Genealogy of Economic Exchange: Capitalism & Race Making. American Studies Association Annual Meeting (Oct 2008).
  • H. L. T. Quan. Rethinking Black Wealth: Theoretical Considerations for the Study of Black Capitalism. National Conference of Black Political Scientists Annual Meeting (Mar 2008).
  • H. L. T. Quan. We Will Not Be Moved: Displacement, Dislocation & Dispossession. American Studies Association Annual Meeting (Oct 2007).
  • Quan, Helen. Migrating Justice: Race, Democracy and Citizenship. Race in the 21st Century: Fifth Annual Conference (Apr 2007).
  • H. L. T. Quan. China in Africa: A Challenge to the US Single World Order. National Conference of Black Political Scientists Annual Meeting (Mar 2007).
  • H. L. T. Quan. Whiteness Visible: Community Development and the Problematics of Deracinated Urban Space. American Studies Association Annual Meeting (Oct 2006).
  • H. L. T. Quan. Islamofacism, Islamophophia and the Eviction of Critical Thought. Colloquium: International Relations and the Silencing of Civil Discourse (Oct 2006).
  • Quan, Helen. Race, Education & Empire: Some Thoughts on Booker T. Washington's "Practical Education.". Race in the 21st Century: Fourth Annual Conference (Apr 2005).
  • Quan, Helen. Radical Scholarship: Past and Present. Symposium on Cedric J. Robinson's Radical Thought (Nov 2004).
  • Quan, Helen. Rethinking Urban Resistance, Rethinking Revolution: Race, Gender and Grassroots Responses in Global Chicago. Remaking Revolution Conference (Apr 2004).
  • Quan, Helen. Of City & Women: Race, Gender & Resistance in Global Chicago. Invited Lecture: Washington State University (Apr 2004).
  • Quan, Helen. Geniuses of Resistance: Feminist Consciousness and the Making of the Black Radical Tradition. National Conference of Black Political Scientists, Annual Meeting (Mar 2004).
  • Quan, Helen. Holding Ground: The Social Solidarity Economy and Its Relevance for Chicago. Chicago Social Forum (Jan 2004).
  • Quan, Helen. Gentrification and Grassroots Resistance in Chicago. Urban Geography Course at Macalester College (Oct 2003).
  • Quan, Helen. The New Urbanism: Globalization, Gentrification & Racism in Chicago. American Studies Association Annual Meeting (Oct 2003).
  • Quan, Helen. Utopian Pedagogy: Grassroots Media and Democratic Change. Third Annual World Social Forum (Jan 2003).
  • Quan, Helen. Beyond Opposition: Creative Urban Community Responses to the Global Spectre of Savage Developmentalism. Center for Black Studies, University of California (Nov 2002).
  • Quan, Helen. Thou Shall Not Be Saved: Financialism, Savage Developmentalism and Engendering Development. Women, Culture and Development Conference (May 2000).
  • Quan, Helen. Understanding Global Institutions: Challenging the WTO, IMF and World Bank. Communities Confronting Capitalist Globalization: A Conference Linking Human, Environmental, and Social Issues (Apr 2000).
  • Quan, Helen. Grounding Globalization: Economic Justice and New Social Movements in Chicago. The Center for Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Quan, Helen. Friends, Miracles & Diplomacy: Brazilian-Japanese Relations in the Twentieth Century. Department of Political Science Colloquia
Service
  • Sage Publications, External Reviewer (2011 - Present)
  • School of Social Transformation/Steering Commitee, Committee Member (2009 - Present)
  • Ehinicity and Race in a Changing World: A Review Journal, Editorial Board (2008 - Present)
  • Ehinicity and Race in a Changing World: A Review Journal, Editorial Board (2008 - Present)
  • Ethnicity and Race in a Changing World: A Review Journal, Editorial Board (2008 - Present)
  • The Prison College Program, Educational Volunteer (2006 - Present)
  • No Alibis & Third World News Review, Guest Correspondence (2000 - Present)
  • No-Alibis & Third World News Review, Guest Programmer/Correspondent (2000 - Present)
  • No-Alibis & Third World News Review, Guest Programmer/Correspondent (2000 - Present)
  • QUAD Productions, Media Consultant and Trainer (2000 - Present)
  • QUAD Productions, Cofounder, Co-director/producer/editor & sound person (1999 - Present)
  • QUAD Productions, Cofounder, Co-director/producer/editor & sound person (1999 - Present)
  • QUAD Productions, Cofounder, Co-director/producer/editor & sound person (1999 - Present)
  • Graduate Committee, Committee Member (2012 - 2013)
  • Graduate Committee, Committee Member (2011 - 2012)
  • Arizona Dream Act Coalition, Co-Faculty Advisor (2010 - 2011)
  • SJSI/Undergraduate Committee, Committee Member (2010 - 2010)
  • Undergraduate Committee, Committee Member (2010 - 2010)
  • SJSI/Policy Workgroup, Committee Member (2009 - 2009)
  • Race, Ethnicity and Politic Best Dissertation Award Committee/American Political Science Association, Chair (2008 - 2009)
  • SJSI/Graduate Committee, Committee Member (2008 - 2009)
  • Race, Ethnicity & Politics Best Dissertation Award Committee/American Political Science Association, Committee Member (2007 - 2008)
  • APAS/Recruitment Committee, Committee Member (2008 - 2008)
  • SJSI/Subcommittee on the 25th Anniversary of Justice Studies, Committee Member (2008 - 2008)
  • Future of Minority Studies Junior Scholars Conference Organizing Committee, Planning Committee Member (2007 - 2008)
  • Race Research Group Initiative to establish an institute for the study of race, ethnicity and nations, Member (2006 - 2007)
  • School of Justice and Social Inquiry's Director Recruitment Committee, Committee Member (2006 - 2007)
  • The New Chicago School of Economic and Community Development, Member (2002 - 2007)
  • Kristal Brent Zook Lecture, Helped the Black Graduate Students Association bring Kristal Brent Zook on campus (2006 - 2007)
  • Latino Union, Chicago IL, Pro-bono Researcher/Consultant (2002 - 2006)
  • School of Justice and Social Inquiry's Undergraduate Committee, Committee Member (2005 - 2006)
  • Africa Initiative, Chicago IL, Pro-bono Researcher/Consultant (2002 - 2005)
  • Center for Asian and Asian American Arts and Media, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago IL, Board of Directors (2002 - 2005)
  • Video Machete, Pro-bono Consultant (2002 - 2005)
  • Conference Organizing Committee (A Symposium on Cedric J. Robinson's Radical Thought), Conference Organizer (2003 - 2005)
  • The Asian American Institute, Researcher/Consultant (2000 - 2005)
  • Symposium on Cedric Robinson's Radical Thought: Toward Critical Social Theories and Practice, Conference Organizer (2003 - 2004)
  • Committee for Community Research Curriculum Development. The Urban Studies Program, Associated Colleges of the Midwest, Chicago, IL, Member (2002 - 2004)
  • Louder than A Bomb: Youth, Culture and Democratic Change, The Urban Studies Program, Associated Colleges of the Midwest, Chicago, IL, Conference Organizer (2002 - 2003)
  • Social Studies Across Borders Series, Duke University Press, Member, Advisory Board (2002 - 2003)