Dorothy Wang

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Professor and Chair of the American Studies Program

Schapiro Hall Rm 216
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B.A. Duke University
M.P.A. Princeton University, International Affairs
M.A. Johns Hopkins University, Writing
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, English Literature


AMST 215 / ENGL 217

Experimental Asian American Writing (not offered 2020/20)

AMST 304 / ENGL 388

Asian American Writing and the Visual Arts (not offered 2020/20)

AMST 336 T

Two American Poets: Wallace Stevens and John Ashbery (not offered 2020/20)

AMST 410 / AFR 354 / COMP 410 / ENGL 410

Black Literary and Cultural Theories (not offered 2020/20)

AMST 465 / ENGL 326 / AFR 362

Race and Abstraction (not offered 2020/20)

Scholarship/Creative Work


Her monograph, Thinking Its Presence: Form, Race, and Subjectivity in Contemporary Asian American Poetry, was published in 2014 by Stanford University Press. It won the 2016 Association for Asian American Studies Award for Best Book in Literary Criticism and was also awarded Honorable Mention by the Pegasus Awards for Poetry Criticism, given by the Poetry Foundation:

Thinking Its Presence

Articles & Essays

  • “Asian American Poetry and the Politics of Form,” The Cambridge History of Asian American Literature, ed. by Min Song and Rajini Srikanth, Cambridge UP, 2015.
  • “Speculative Notes on Bhanu Kapil’s Monstrous/ Cyborgian/ Schizophrenic Poetics,” in Nests and Strangers: On Asian American Women Poets, ed. by Timothy Yu, Kelsey Street Press, 2015.
  • “From Jim Crow to ‘Color-Blind’ Poetics” in the “Race and the Poetic Avant-Garde” online forum, Boston Review, March 10, 2015.

Current Committees

  • American Studies Program

Research Interests

  • Contemporary poetry in English
  • Experimental minority poetry
  • Asian American poetry
  • Twentieth-Century poetry
  • Poetics
  • Anglophone Chinese diasporic literature