Sharon Yam is Associate Professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies, and a faculty affiliate of Gender and Women Studies at the University of Kentucky. Her research focuses on questions of identity, citizenship, affect, and race. She teaches courses on transnational rhetoric, digital composing, and political emotion.
Sharon's work has been published in journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Speech, enculturation, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Women's Studies in Communication, and Composition Forum.
Her book Inconvenient Strangers: Transnational Subjects and the Politics of Citizenship examines how three transnational groups—mainland Chinese maternal tourists, Southeast Asian migrant domestic workers, and South Asian permanent residents—engage with the existing citizenry and gain recognition through circulating personal narratives.
She is currently researching and teaching on topics related to reproductive justice, particularly childbirth, doulas, and advocacy.