- Ph.D. Candidate, English, Tufts University
- M.A., English, Tufts University, May 2007
- B.A., English, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, May 2002, magna cum laude; Junior Year Study Abroad, University of Kent, Canterbury, England, September 2000 – June 2001
DISSERTATION IN PROGRESS
“Promise of the City: Intimate Publics and Urban Space in 20th– and 21st-Century American Literature”
Committee Advisors: Lee Edelman, Lisa Lowe, and Modhumita Roy
- Fellowship program for interdisciplinary environmental research projects.
- Research project: “Promise of the City: Intimate Publics and Urban Space in 20th Century American Literature”
- “Capturing the Spirit: Teaching Karen Tei Yamashita’s I Hotel,” Asian American Literature: Discourses & Pedagogies, Sep 2014.
- “Orientalism and the New Negro Woman: Nella Larsen’s Quicksand,” under journal review.
- Environmental Studies “Mapping Stories of the City: Urban Development and Literary Representation,” Lecturer, Fall 2015.
- American Studies 180 “Metaphors of Globalization,” Teaching Fellow with Professor Lisa Lowe, Fall 2014.
- Tufts University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute “Stories of the American City Post-1950s,” Lecturer, Fall 2014.
- English Composition 1-2, Lecturer, Fall 2007-Spring 2011.
- English 45 “Nonwestern Women Writers,” Teaching Assistant for Professor Modhumita Roy, Fall 2010.
- English 83 “Hitchcock: Cinema, Gender, Ideology,” Teaching Assistant for Professor Lee Edelman, Fall 2008.
RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS
- 20th- and 21st-Century American Literature
- Urban Space and Spatial Practices
- Visualization using Online Mapping Tools
- Ecocriticism and Environmental History
- Cultural Theory
- “The Personal and the Political: Form and the Asian American Movement in Karen Tei Yamashita’s I Hotel,” Annual Conference of the Northeast Modern Language Association, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Apr 2014.
- “ ‘Acute Ghetto-itus’: Contract Sales, Debt, and Sentiment in Mid-Century Chicago,” Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association, Washington, D.C., Nov 2013.
- “Post-9/11 State Surveillance and the Problem of Transparency: Story-telling in Laila Halaby’s Once In a Promised Land,” Annual Conference of the Association of Asian American Studies, Washington, D.C., Apr 2012.
- “Orientalism and the Harlem Renaissance in Nella Larsen’s Quicksand,” Annual Conference of the Society for the Study of Multiethnic Literature of the United States, Boca Raton, Florida, Apr 2011.
- “Towards a Practice of Diaspora: Reading Afro-Asian Internationalism in W.E.B. Du Bois’s Dark Princess,” Annual Conference of the American Comparative Literature Association, New Orleans, Louisiana, Apr 2010.
- “Orientalism and the 1920s New Woman in Nella Larsen’s Quicksand,” Annual Conference of the New England American Studies Association, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, Sep 2008.
- Moderator. “Making it Real: Bridging Theory and Practice.” Graduate Consortium of Women’s Study Conference, Gender, Sexuality, and Urban Spaces, MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Mar 2011.
- Panelist, “Race, Class, and Gender in Evelyn White’s ‘Black Women and the Wilderness’ ” Roundtable, Tufts University Graduate Humanities Conference, Eco-Imaginaries, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, Oct 2014.
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND SERVICE
- Article Review, Journal of Asian American Studies 2015
- Member, Committee of the Chinese-American Women’s Oral History Project, 2005 – present, co-sponsored by the Chinese Historical Society of New England and Harvard Schlesinger Library.
- Co-organize Dec 2008 – Mar 2009 exhibit “From Exclusion to Empowerment” at Schlesinger Library.
- 2008 interview with Jennie Chin Hansen, 2008-2010 AARP President.
- 2008 interview with Jean Wu, a pioneer of Asian American Studies.
- Organizer, Mar 9-13, 2011 Tufts American Studies Knaster-Artist-in-Residence Karen Tei Yamashita.
- Interview with author on I Hotel; raise funds and sponsors for campus and classroom author talks.
- Develop partnership with local organizations for reading in Chinatown, Boston.
- Manage project budget.
- Member, Steering Committee, Jun 2010 – Mar 2011, Graduate Consortium of Women’s Study Conference, Gender, Sexuality, and Urban Spaces, Mar 11-13, 2011, MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
- Participated in Tufts Environmental Literacy Institute, Water Jan 2014
- Participated in Tufts Environmental Literacy Institute May 2011
- Organizer, Oct 2008 public lecture and film screening at Tufts University of award-winning documentary New Year Baby by Cambodian-American filmmaker and activist, Socheata Poeuv; manage project budget.