Meet our Faculty: Dr. Lan Dong

Lan DongDr. Lan Dong

Associate Professor of English

Louise Hartman Schewe and Karl Schewe Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences

Ph.D. Comparative Literature, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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

Teaching Concentration: Asian American literature; comics and graphic narratives; comparative literature; children’s and young adult literature; women 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; Introduction to World Literature: East & West; Memoirs across Cultures (cross-listed with Liberal and Integrative Studies); Novels by Nobel Laureates (cross-listed with Liberal and Integrative Studies); Rhetoric and College Writing; Graduate Teaching Practicum; World Literature I: Folk and Fairy Tales; World Literature II: International Short Stories



  • Faculty Excellence Award, UIS


  • University Scholar, University of Illinois


  • Pearson Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence, UIS


  • Faculty Excellence Award for Scholarship, CLAS

Selected Publications:

  • “Consuming Vietnamese America One Bite at a Time: Stealing Buddha’s Dinner and Inside Out & Back Again.” In Growing up Asian American in Young Adult Fiction. Ed. Yimitri Mathison. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 2018. 147-66.
  • “Autobiography, Documentary and History in Comics: The Four Immigrants Manga and Citizen 13660,Journal of Comics and Culture 2 (2017): 3-27.
  • “Drawing the Troubled Artist Abroad: Guy Delisle’s Visual Travelogues,” East Asian Journal of Popular Culture 2.2 (2016): 193-208.
  • “Thinly Disguised (Autobio)Graphical Stories: Will Eisner’s Life, in Pictures.” In Visualizing Jewish Narrative: Jewish Comics and Graphic Novels. Ed. Derek Parker Royal. London: Bloomsbury, 2016. 15-28.
  • “Inside and Outside the Frame: Joe Sacco’s Safe Area Goražde.” In The Comics of Joe Sacco: Journalism in a Visual World. Ed. Daniel Worden. Jackson, MS: UP of Mississippi, 2015. 39-53.
  • “The Model Minority between Medical School and Nintendo: Gene Luen Yang and Thien Pham’s Level Up.” In Drawing New Color Lines: Transnational Asian American Graphic Narratives. Ed. Monica Chiu. Hong Kong: Hong Kong UP, 2014. 69-86.
  • “From Beijing Story to Their Story: Adaptation and Stanley Kwan’s Lan Yu.” Co-authored with Tena L. Helton. Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance 7.2 (2014): 139-53.

Lan Dong teaches Asian American literature, world literature, children’s and young adult literature, and comics and graphic narratives at UIS. She has worked on five books as either author or editor and has written a number of journal articles and book chapters on Asian American literature, children’s literature, and popular culture.