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English, Division of Cultural and Communication Studies
English, Division of Cultural and Communication Studies

Education

Ph.D. Comparative Literature, 2019, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

B.A. Chinese and English, 2012, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ

Biography

Chienyn Chi has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Texas at Austin (2019), where she was the recipient of the University of Texas at Austin Dissertation Writing Fellowship. She minored in French and double majored in Chinese and English Literature as an undergraduate at Rutgers in New Brunswick, NJ, where she was the recipient of the Rutgers Douglass Scholarship and the Rutgers Scarlet Scholarship. 

Dr. Chi is passionate about the theories, methodology, and relevance of World Literature. Her interest in literature through a global perspective came from growing up in two cultures: Taiwan and the U.S as well as her travels through her church services around the world later in her life. 

To understand literature involves close reading, history, culture, and theory. Dr. Chi enjoys making these difficult concepts accessible through fun activities and the new digital medium, especially since these concepts are crucial to a student’s awareness of their lives in the world and their future professions. For example, understanding postcolonial theory and the history of slavery, indenture, empire, and migration can challenge the way the students see the world and help them better navigate, critique, and reform systemic problems. Especially for students who are products of immigration, World Literature offers them a space to be intellectually stimulated by what is personal to them and their parents. For the student interested in the sciences, her literature courses, inspired by her research on medicine and literature, looks at how the history of empiricism and psychiatry is reflected in literature and culture. This gives students pursuing a science/medical degree a way to rethink how their professions and practices are dictated by their context. Additionally, being able to have discussions from the Christian worldview will help the students be critical thinkers as well as Christ’s witnesses.

Hobbies and Fun Fact: creative writing, cooking, swimming, and being in nature

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