Christine “Xine” Yao (B.A. Trinity College at the University of Toronto, M.A. Dalhousie University, M.A. Cornell University, Ph.D. Cornell University) is Lecturer in American Literature to 1900 in the English department at University College London. She works on intersections of affect, race, gender, and sexuality in relation to science and law through long 19th century American literature. Her research has been published in American Quarterly, J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, Occasion, and American Gothic: An Edinburgh Companion and has several essays forthcoming in collections. Xine was a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia and completed her PhD in English at Cornell with minors in American studies and Feminism, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is an award-winning instructor of literature, culture, and writing.
Dr. Yao is currently finishing a book manuscript titled Disaffected: The Cultural Politics of Unfeeling in Nineteenth Century America. A representative selection from her primary argument won the 2018 Yasuo Sakakibara Prize from the American Studies Association for best paper to be presented at the annual conference. Her postdoctoral, PhD, and MA work has been funded by competitive national grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Her archival research has been supported by travel grants to the American Antiquarian Society, the Massachusetts Historical Society, and the College of the Library of Physicians of Philadelphia. Additional training thanks to the Center for American Visual Culture, the Futures of American Studies Institute at Dartmouth College, and the LGBT Leadership Academy at Cornell in Washington. She is the co-host of PhDivas, a podcast about academia, culture, and social justice across the STEM/humanities divide.
This portfolio features highlights from her work. You can download her complete CV here.