Lan Dong

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Meet Lan Dong,
Assistant Professor,



  • B.A. in Chinese Literature, Beijing University
  • M.A. in Comparative Literature, Dartmouth College
  • Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, University of Massachusetts at Amherst


  • Bilingual
  • Moved to Springfield from the East Coast"Consider challenges as learning opportunities."

Learning philosophy:

  • Active learning
  • Keeping an open mind

Research interests:

  • Asian American literature and film
  • Comics and graphic narratives
  • Children’s literature

Professor Dong on Asian American literature and culture:

Major project underway:

  • Editing a volume on critical approaches to teaching comics and graphic narratives at the college and university level.
  • Revising a couple articles on comics, ethnicity, and education for publication.

Advice to prospective students:

  • Be responsible (including not only be prepared for class, finish assignments on time, and participate in class discussion actively, but also take care of yourself).
  • Consider challenges as learning opportunities.
  • Seek help when you need it.

Best thing about UIS:

  • Small class sizes