Dorothy Wang

Associate Professor of American Studies and Faculty Affiliate in English

Schapiro Hall Rm 216
Office Hours


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.

AMST 128 / COMP 128 / ENGL 128

Reading Asian American Literature

AMST 215 / COMP 215 / ENGL 217

Experimental Asian American Writing

AMST 304 / COMP 307 / ENGL 388

Asian American Writing and the Visual Arts

ENGL 327 / AFR 301 / AMST 307 / COMP 311

Experimental African American Poetry

AMST 335 / ARTH 335

Uncovering Williams

AMST 336 T / ENGL 320 / COMP 335

Two American Poets: Wallace Stevens and John Ashbery

LATS 403 / COMP 375 / ENGL 375 / AFR 403 / AMST 403

New Asian American, African American, Native American, and Latina/o Writing

ENGL 410 / AFR 410 / AMST 410 / COMP 410

Black Literary and Cultural Theories

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