Michelle Huang College Fellow

Michelle N. Huang (Ph.D. English and Women’s Studies, The Pennsylvania State University), jointly appointed in the English Department and in the Asian American Studies Program, has research and teaching interests in contemporary Asian American literature, posthumanism, and feminist science studies.

Her current project, “Molecular Aesthetics: Race, Form, and Matter in Contemporary Asian American Literature,” examines posthumanist aesthetics in post-1965 Asian American literature to trace racial formation at the molecular scale. Through analyses of works by Ruth Ozeki, Larissa Lai, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Julie Otsuka, and Jeffrey Yang, among others, “Molecular Aesthetics” argues that a rapprochement with scientific discourse is necessary to fully grasp how the formal and aesthetic qualities of Asian American literature unsettle sedimented structures of racial formation.

Michelle’s work appears in Twentieth-Century Literature, Journal of Asian American Studies, Amerasia, and Post 45: Contemporaries, among other venues.