Paul Nadal is an Assistant Professor of English and American Studies at Princeton University and an interdisciplinary scholar working at the intersection of literature and economy, with a particular focus on Asian American and Philippine Anglophone literature. Reading across literary and economic history, he brings archival research to the study of the novel and Marxist aesthetic theory to develop a multiscalar reading practice that elaborates historical meaning contextually and in the form of the work itself.
Nadal brings these research interests together in his current book project, “Remittances, Literary and Economic,” which develops the first sustained inquiry into the convergence between novels and remittances, or the money that migrant workers send home.
Nadal’s article, “Cold War Remittance Economy: US Creative Writing and the Importation of New Criticism into the Philippines,” published in American Quarterly 73.3 (2021), received the 1921 Best Essay Prize, which is annually awarded by the American Literature Society for “the best article in any field of American literature.” Another article, “A Literary Remittance,” on the rise of literary realism in the Filipino Novel in English, was published in American Literature 89.3 (2017). Articles on Carlos Bulosan’s socialist imaginaries, and on the racial forms of Chicago School neoliberalism are forthcoming.