December 15, 2018 — The Ethnic Studies Department congratulates our colleague, Sharon Luk, for winning two prestigious book awards for her first monograph, The Life of Paper: Letters and Poetics of Living Beyond Captivity (2017, University of California Press)! In November 2018, the American Studies Association (ASA) presented Luk with the Lora Romero First Book Prize, which comes with a lifetime ASA membership. In January 2019, the Modern Language Association (MLA) presented Luk with the Matei Calinescu Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in 20th/21st Century Literature and Thought, which comes with an award of $1000.
Professor Luk has taught at UO since 2014. Her course offerings in Ethnic Studies range from core classes, such as Introduction to Asian American Studies and Introduction to African American Studies, to new courses offered in both Ethnic Studies and English such as Race and Social Movements; Black Marxism; and Race, Culture, and Incarceration in the U.S. West.