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Kumi Silva

Interim Director

Interim Director

Associate Professor, Department of Communication


A Message from the Interim Director, January 2023

Dr. Silva’s research is at the intersection of identity, politics, post-colonial studies, cultural studies, and popular culture. She is the author of Brown Threat: Identification in the Security State (University of Minnesota Press, 2016) and co-editor of Feminist Erasures: Challenging Backlash Culture (Palgrave UK, 2015) and of Migration, Identity, and Belonging: Defining Borders and Boundaries of the Homeland (Routledge 2020). Her current research extends the exploration of identification in Brown Threat to understanding how affective relationships, especially calls to and of love, animate regulatory practices that are deeply cruel and alienating.


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Krupal Amin

Associate Director

Krupal Amin joined the AAC from The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, where she taught American Studies, CRT, and WGSS and served as American Studies Coordinator. She received her undergraduate degree in English and Comparative Literature at UNC-Chapel Hill, a master’s degree in English literature from UNC-Charlotte, and a Ph.D. in English literature at The Ohio State University. Her research focuses on 20th and 21st century U.S. multiethnic literatures, specifically the bildungsroman in Asian American and African American literatures, and race and ethnic studies. She’s also interested in the intersection of whiteness, humor, and class in racial formation.

Dr. Amin has completed the UNC SafeZone and UndocuCarolina trainings.

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Marcus Donie

Program Coordinator

Marcus is a two-time alumnus from UNC and joined the team in 2022.  Previously, he worked on campus in The College of Arts and Sciences as well as The Athletics Department.  In addition to his duties with The AAC, Marcus is a Resilience Coach where he assists students with identity-based traumas.

He has completed the Carolina Firsts, Coach Approach, DEI in the Work Place, Embody Carolina, Green Zone, Mental Health 1st Aid, One Love, Safe Haven, Safe Zone & UndocuCarolina trainings.

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Heidi Kim

Director (on leave Spring 2023)

A Letter from the Director, September 2020

Heidi Kim is a professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature. Her research ranges through nineteenth and twentieth-century American literature and Asian American studies. Illegal Immigrants/Model Minorities: The Cold War of Chinese American Literature (Temple University Press, 2021), sheds new light on the writing of and about Chinese Americans, who were dogged by the stigma of illegal immigration and paranoia about Communist infiltration. Her first monograph Invisible Subjects: Asian Americans in Postwar Literature (Oxford UP, 2016) resituates the work of Ralph Ellison, William Faulkner, John Steinbeck, and the Melville Revival critics through recent advances in Asian American studies and historiography.

She also researches and speaks extensively on the literature and history of the Japanese American incarceration, including Taken from the Paradise Isle (UP Colorado, 2015), which won a Ka Palapala Po’okela Award from the Hawaiian Book Publishers Association. She enjoys partnering with community and academic organizations on this topic, including Out of the Desert at Yale University and Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project.

Prof. Kim received her undergraduate degree in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in English from Northwestern University, with a brief management consulting stint in between. (“It’s a long story,” she says.) She has been a Tar Heel since 2010 and lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, young daughter, and a large black cat.

Prof. Kim has completed the UNC HAVEN, SafeZone, and SafeZone Continuing Education: Trans and Nonbinary trainings, as well as the Racial Equity Institute’s Phase I program.

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