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Teaching Professor in English

My teaching and research grow out of my experiences in Taiwan, where I worked for 16 years before coming to Northeastern. I write about US-Taiwan intercultural relations and the rhetorical representations of self and other in intercultural contexts. My research investigates writing and the teaching of writing in the complex contexts created by globalization.

Since coming to Northeastern in 2011, I have been teaching first-year writing and advanced writing in the disciplines in the Writing Program, as well as travel writing in the Department of English. Working mostly with international and multilingual students, I’m interested in finding ways to empower them to see their multiple languages and cultures as resources to draw on in their writing and in their interactions with others in the university.

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Recipient, 2015 Summer Scholarly Exchange/Travel Grant, Chiu Scholarly Exchange Program for Taiwan Studies, Oregon State University, for “U.S. Wartime Military Intelligence and Postwar Discourse about Taiwan: A Survey of the George H. Kerr Papers at the Taipei 228 Memorial Museum”

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  • Designed for students whose first or strongest language is not English. Students study and practice writing in a workshop setting; read a range of texts in order to describe and evaluate the choices writers make and apply that knowledge to their own writing; explore how writing functions in a variety of academic, professional, and public contexts; and write for various purposes and audiences in multiple genres and media. Offers students an opportunity to learn how to conduct research using primary and secondary sources and to give and receive feedback, to revise their work, and to reflect on their growth as writers.

  • Offers writing instruction for students interested in interdisciplinary study or who wish to explore multiple disciplines. Students practice and reflect on writing in professional, public, and academic genres relevant to their individual experiences and goals. In a workshop setting, offers students an opportunity to evaluate a wide variety of sources and to develop expertise in audience analysis, critical research, peer review, and revision.

  • Travel Writing

    ENGL 2695

    Focuses on travel writing and place-based writing. Examines the history, global cultural contexts, conventions of, and theories about the genres through reading exemplary texts and studying photographs and films. Offers students an opportunity to produce examples of travel writing and place-based writing as well as short videos and photo-collages.