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LTC Jeff Gibbons

Associate Professor


My primary scholarly interest is Asian American literature. I’m particularly interested in the ways that contemporary Asian American writers reflect upon and depict war, trauma, and modes of healing in post-war lives. As a professor I relish the opportunity at West Point to challenge our cadets to think critically and carefully about the nation and world in which they’re about to serve—and to challenge them to develop empathy for those who are different from them. I grew up in Columbus, Ohio, so I’ve been a displaced Buckeye for over twenty years now; at the same time, my PhD work in Chapel Hill transformed me into a Tar Heel. My wife and I enjoy the outdoors, music, good food, and travel. One of my lifelong intellectual escapes consists of immersing myself in the works of Robert Hunter, John Perry Barlow, and Robert Peterson.

Ongoing Research Projects

My monograph, Asian American War Stories:  Trauma and Healing in Contemporary Asian American Literature, was published in October 2022, via Routledge. 

“Traumas of War and Displacement in When the Emperor Was Divine” in MLA Teaching Approaches to Asian North American Literature, July 2022.

“The Search for Healing in Lan Cao’s The Lotus and the Storm” in Imperial Coordinates: Militarization and Asian American Critique, forthcoming from Rutgers UP.


Publications & Presentations

Finding Healing in the Midst of Trauma in Ocean Vuong’s Poetry.” Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) Conference. Denver, Colorado.  April 14, 2022. 

“Discovering Beauty through Illness and Failure in Chang-rae Lee’s The Surrendered.” American Studies Association Annual Conference.  Honolulu, Hawaii.  November 9, 2019. 

“Erasing the Past in Nam Le’s ‘Love and Honor and Compassion and Pity and Pride and Sacrifice’ and Viet Thanh Nguyen’s ‘Fatherland’.” Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) Conference. Madison, Wisconsin.  April 27, 2019. 

“Trauma and Healing in Lan Cao’s The Lotus and the Storm.”  PAMLA Conference.  Bellingham, Washington.  November 4, 2018.

“Resistance and Defiance in Lawson Inada’s Long Poems.” Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) Conference. San Francisco, California.  March 29, 2018.

“The Search for Healing in Lan Cao’s The Lotus and the Storm.” Militarism and Migration Conference. University of California at San Diego. April 21-23, 2017.

“A Chaos Narrative:  A Female Refugee’s Plight in Lan Cao’s The Lotus and the Storm.”  South Atlantic Modern Language Association. Durham, North Carolina.  November 2015. 

“Legends from Camp:  Lawson Inada and the Memory of Japanese American Internment.”  Northeast Modern Language Association.  Montreal, Quebec.  April 2010. 

"Spirituality and Modernity:  The Works of Nguyen Thi Chau Giang.”  Popular Culture Association (Vietnam Group).  April 2009.

Panel Chair:  Perspectives: Vietnamese and American.  Popular Culture Association (Vietnam Group).  New Orleans, Louisiana.  April 2009.

“Lawson Inada’s Poetry of Defiance.” Northeast Modern Language Association. Buffalo, New York.  April 2008.

“Dinh Quan:  Revolutionary Lacquer Painting in Vietnam.”  Popular Culture Association (Vietnam Group).  San Francisco, California.  March 2008.