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Rory J. Ong, Ph.D.

Rory LastnameEmeritus Associate Professor of Comparative Ethnic Studies
Emeritus Associate Professor of American Studies and Culture

Rory Ong is an Associate professor of Comparative Ethnic Studies in the School of Languages, Cultures, and Race, and a member of the American Studies graduate faculty at Washington State University.  He came to WSU in 1992 with a PhD in English from Miami University of Ohio, and for the first 10 years of his career taught in both the Departments of English and Ethnic Studies.  His teaching and research interests intersect rhetorical studies, race and ethnicity studies, cultural and critical theory, with globalization, transnationalism, and diaspora studies.

Today Dr. Ong teaches undergraduate coursework in Ethnic Studies, Asian American Studies, as well as graduate coursework in American Studies.  Some specific undergraduate courses he has taught include Traveling Cultures, a cultural critique of the tourist industry; Immigration and Citizenship in a Global Economy, a critical study of the global flows of people across multiple national borders, as well as Race and Racism in a Global Context, a study of the global impact of race and racism.  For American Studies graduate course work, Rory has taught Frameworks in American Cultural Studies, and most recently offered a seminar on Transnational and Diaspora Theories.

Dr. Ong’s publications have been concerned with the production of knowledge within racial, gendered, historical, social and political contexts.  His work considers the entanglements of complex social locations with uneven power dynamics that often dominate, regulate, and make everyday life contradictory. Much of his writing focused on hybrid subjects that challenged the facade of insular and restrictive universalisms.  Some of his recent work examines how Asian diaspora subjects complicate the American landscape and expose the paradox of its democracy.

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Courses Taught

  • Amer_St 506
  • Amer_St 590
  • CES 101
  • CES 111
  • CES 201
  • CES 220
  • CES/Women St 300
  • CES 301
  • CES 311
  • CES 313
  • CES 314
  • CES 315
  • CES 325
  • CES 380
  • CES 401
  • CES 405
  • CES/Women St 411
  • CES 413
  • CES 446
  • CES 491
  • CES 492 (now 494)