Dillon S. is a multimedia artist and community organizer based in Southern California. She is a Ph.D. student in the Department of American Studies & Ethnicity at USC as a Provost Fellow and a current PAGE Co-Director for the PAGE Fellowship. Her research interest is on the question of migrant self-determination and is broadly engaged with stateless, migrant, and refugee studies, futurity, strangership, aesthetics and affect, and (anti-)colonial humanist thought. Her interdisciplinary work considers the ways affective practices can generate resistive subject formations for the speculative potentialities of statelessness in imperiling the notion(s) of citizenship, settler colonialism, and nation statehood. Her dissertation project is in part a disaggregating of Asian American formations in relation to Korean diasporic encounters in an envisioning of contemporary migrant politics, sociality, and justice.
Dillon has background in the fashion industry, grassroots and migrant justice organizing, and creating art and design for collectives and campaigns against deportation and state surveillance. She earned a B.F.A. in Fine Art with a thesis exhibition entitled “Speculative Geographies,” which included works of installation, drawing, painting, video, and autoethnographic writings. She thinks through community organizing and scholarship from a discourse of social practice and is currently working to develop a community-based digital archive project in collaboration with the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition as a 2020 Rapid Response for a Better Digital Future Fellow at Eyebeam.