Paul Nadal


Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University

In fall 2019, I will begin my appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Program in American Studies at Princeton University. I received my Ph.D. in Rhetoric from the University of California at Berkeley, and, in 2017-18, completed an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Wellesley College.





Recent / Upcoming


“A Literary Remittance: Juan C. Laya’s His Native Soil and the Rise of Realism in the Filipino Novel in English.” American Literature 89, no. 3. September 2017. (Read article)

“Human Capital and Asian American Self-Help” (article in progress)

MLA 2019, Paper presentation: “Decolonizing History at Iowa,” panel on Diasporas, Aesthetics, and Southeast Asia organized by Cheryl Narumi Naruse. Forthcoming, January 2019.

Marxist Literary Group. Institute of Culture and Society, University of Albany, SUNY. Invited presenter, June 18–22, 2018: “Asian / American / Marxism: A Roundtable,” with Iyko Day, Christopher Chen, Petrus Liu, Calvin Cheung-Miaw, and Colleen Lye.

Princeton University. Department of English. Invited presenter, December 6, 2017: “Literary and Financial Returns and Filipino Labor Export.”

Harvard University. The Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History. Invited presenter, December 1, 2017: “The Social Form of Remittances.”

PAMLA Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii. Paper presentation, November 2017: “Dispersions of Human Capital: Remittance Fiction Today.”

Wellesley College. Public lecture for Filipino American History Month, October 19, 2017: “From Pensionados to Fulbrighters: Early Filipino Intellectual Migrations, 1903-1948.”

UC Berkeley, Townsend Center for the Humanities. Paper presentation, March 3, 2017: “Two Paths for the Filipino Novel after Import-Substitution.” (Read abstract)

Harvard University, New Work in Novel Studies Symposium. Paper presentation, December 7, 2016: “The Importation of New Criticism into the Philippines and the Search for the Great Filipino Novel, 1946-1962.”