• Art + Design

Denise Khor

Associate Professor

Denise Khor is a media historian working on early cinema history, film preservation, and Asian American film and media culture. She is the author of Transpacific Convergences: Race, Migration and Japanese American Film Culture before World War II (University of North Carolina Press, 2022), which explores the historical experiences of Japanese Americans at the cinema and traces an alternative network of film production, circulation, and exhibition. Areas of research specialization include film and media history, early cinema, nontheatrical film, critical ethnic studies, and Asian American Studies.

She is jointly appointed in the Department of Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies (CSSH) and Department of Art + Design (CAMD), with a courtesy appointment in History.



  • Ethnic Studies, Ph.D., University of California San Diego

Research/Publications Highlights

In 2019-2020, she was a faculty fellow at Harvard University’s Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History.

She has published work in Film Quarterly, Pacific Historical Review, Southern California Quarterly, and The Rising Tide of Color: Race, State Violence, and Radical Movements Across the Pacific (edited by Moon Ho-Jung, 2014), among other publications.

She is working on her next book project, “The Invisible Hand: A History of Asian Americans in the Animation Industry.”
Prior to Northeastern, she was Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston.