Dorothy Wang

Professor of American Studies

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


Note: courses in gray are not offered this academic year.

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