Carmen Thong, from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is pursuing a PhD in English at Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences. She graduated with a first-class bachelor’s degree (Honors) in English literature from the University of Warwick, and a master’s degree in world literatures in English with distinction at the University of Oxford. She has published in the Postcolonial Studies Association newsletter and within the Studies in World Literature series by Ibidem Press, an imprint of Columbia University Press. She has also been invited as a research panelist to conferences held at Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, St Andrews, Edinburgh, and others. She was awarded an undergraduate scholarship from a leading telco in Malaysia, where she completed a management training program and later took on a role in Strategy & Business Management. While at Oxford, she founded RISeN (Racial Inequalities Support Network) and collaborated with equality officers, charities, governing bodies, and other activist groups to create a productive space for students of color.