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teaching philosophy

I believe literature is fundamentally about how we know and imagine the world, ourselves, and each other. Reading and interpretation, therefore, are social and ethical endeavors. My interdisciplinary courses emphasize the experiences of the structurally vulnerable, including BIPOC communities, refugees and immigrants, sexual minorities, and other “others.” When teaching literature, my aim is for students to learn that they--as readers, critics, and citizens––are part of the dynamic meaning-making processes that produce our common cultures. Over time, I have developed my pedagogy around principles of inquiry-based learning, inclusivity and accessibility, and social justice. I believe I am successful if students leave my classroom more curious and wise about the world, and more engaged with its ethical complexities, than they were before we met.

UC Merced Courses, 2020–2021
Literatures of Asian America

ENG 129-02 / fall 2020

remote only


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Intro to World Literature

ENG 011 / spring 2021

remote only

+ must register for

discussion section


Literature and Migration

IH 230-02 / spring 2021

remote only



special event

for ENG 129-02: Literatures of Asian America

"Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord"

Wed. 12/2/2020, 11:30am PT (2:30pm ET)

"Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord" - UC Merced 12/2/2020

Students in ENG 129-02 (fall 2020) learned about the work of the Auntie Sewing Squad, a mutual aid organization founded by performance artist Kristina Wong. The Squad has sewn 300,000 face masks for vulnerable, mostly BIPOC communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Our culminating event is a theater performance, "Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord," written and performed by Wong, live from her home in Koreatown, Los Angeles. 


Generously sponsored by UC Merced Arts and UC Merced English, this free Zoom show was open to the public.

a few past courses

Race, Law, and American Literature


Poetry and Justice


This Land Is Your Land: American Places



Immigrants, Citizens, and Refugees​

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