Meet our Faculty: Lan Dong

Lan Dong
Associate Professor of EnglishLan dong
Ph.D. Comparative Literature, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Phone: (217) 206-8334
Office: UHB 3074

Teaching and Research Interests: Asian American Literature, Comics and Graphic Narratives, Comparative Literature, Children’s Literature, Women’s and Gender Studies

Courses taught: Asian American Women and Literature (cross-listed with Women’s and Gender Studies), Children’s and Young Adult Literature, Chinese American Action Cinema, College Writing and Civic Engagement, Comics and Asian America, Exploring Literature, From China to Chinese America, Graphic Novel, Honors Composition,  How Do You Know? Multicultural America, Images of Asian/Asian Americans in Literature and Films, Introduction to Literature, Introduction to the Discipline, Memoirs across Cultures (cross-listed with Liberal and Integrative Studies), Novels by Nobel Laureates, Rhetoric and College Writing, World Literature: East & West.

Selected Publications and Services to the Profession:

Lan Dong is the author of Mulan’s Legacy and Legend in China and the United States (2011), Reading Amy Tan (2009), and a number of book chapters and journal articles on Asian American literature and film, children’s literature, and comparative literature. She is the editor of Transnationalism and the Asian American Heroine: Essays on Literature, Film, Myth and Media (2010), Teaching Comics and Graphic Narratives: Essays on Theory, Strategy and Practice (2012), and Asian American Culture: From Anime to Tiger Moms (2016). She is a senior editor for the Red Feather Journal: An International Journal of Children’s Visual Culture, and is on the editorial board of the History & Perspectives Journal and the Journal of Comics and Culture. She served on Modern Language Association’s Committee on the Literatures of People of Color in the United States and Canada (2008-2011), and has been a faculty advisor for the Critical Language Scholarship Program of the US Department of State since 2014.


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