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Dr. 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 is currently on the Executive Committee of C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists. For 2021-2024 she represents LLC 19th-Century American Forum to the Delegate Assembly of the Modern Language Association. (she/they)

Her book Disaffected: The Cultural Politics of Unfeeling in Nineteenth Century America is forthcoming with Duke University Press October 2021 from the Perverse Modernities series. Disaffected has won one of the inaugural Duke University Press Scholars of Color First Book Awards! A section won the 2018 Yasuo Sakakibara Prize from the American Studies Association for best paper to be presented at the annual conference.

Dr. Yao is excited to be named as one of the 2020 BBC Radio 3/AHRC New Generation Thinkers! This year marks the scheme’s tenth anniversary, during which 100 early career arts and humanities researchers, have had unique access to training and support from AHRC and the BBC. New Generation Thinkers alumni have gone on to become prominent public figures in their field as well as the face of major documentaries, TV series, and regular figures in national debate.

“#staywoke: Digital Engagement and Literacies in Anti-Racist Pedagogy” was finalist Finalist for the 2019 Constance M. Rourke Prize for best article to appear in Volume 80 (2018) of American Quarterly.

Dr. Yao is honoured to be a judge for the inaugural Orwell Prize in Political Fiction. She is one of the collaborators awarded the 2019 UCL Grand Challenges Grant, Theme: Embedded Inequalities for “Trans Studies, Trans Lives: Past, Present, and Future”, UCL’s first trans symposium bringing together interdisciplinary trans studies research and lived experiences along with creative work from the trans community at UCL and beyond. She won the 2019 UCL Student Choice Teaching Award for Diverse and Inclusive Education.

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. 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.