LaiYing_LaScala

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EDUCATION

  • 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

FELLOWSHIPS

2013-2014 Tufts Institute of the Environment Research Fellow

- Fellowship program for interdisciplinary environmental research projects.

- Research project: “Promise of the City: Intimate Publics and Urban Space in 20th Century American Literature”

2014-2015 Tufts Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Teaching Fellow

PUBLICATIONS

TEACHING

  • 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

 CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

  • “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.
  • 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.