Media & Other Outreach


Co-host of the podcast PhDivas with biomedical engineer Dr. Liz Wayne, a podcast that discusses academia, culture, and social justice across the STEM/humanities divide. Founded in 2015, this regular podcast is dedicated to interdisciplinary support for women, particularly women of color, in higher education. Available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and SoundCloud. Invited to deliver talks.
“PhDivas Discourse Across Disciplines and Differences.” Cornell Chronicle.
“Graduate Students Urge Activism, Public Service on Campus.” Cornell Daily Sun.
Keynote for the Agency and Solidarity Conference at Cornell. Viewable here.


“The ‘Inscrutable’ Writing of Sui Sin Far.’ BBC Radio 3: The Essay. April 22.

‘Darwin’s The Descent of Man (1871).’ BBC Free Thinking. February 10.


Featured in the UCL Spotlight. October 2020.

Featured in the Alumni-at-Large feature of Trinity, the alumni magazine of Trinity College, the University of Toronto. October 2020.

“Rethinking Masks.” Programme for BBC Rethink. July 2020.

“Postcard: Asians and Science Fiction.” Programme for BBC Arts & Ideas. July 2020.

“On the Concept of Immunity.”  IAS Talk Pieces: Life in the Time of Coronavirus. UCL Institute for Advanced Studies. July 2020.

“Which ‘Women’ Are Prized? On Racialized Gender.” Response to Bailey’s #ReclaimHerName. Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers. September 2020.

“Of Parables, Patterns, and Progeny: Rethinking Trans Theory with Octavia E. Butler.” Co-authored with Ama Budge. IAS Think Pieces. Vol 2. Institution of Advanced Studies, UCL. April 2020.

Avidly at the LA Review of Books.

Featured as the Society of Early Americanists’s Junior Scholar of the Month for April.

“Episode 1.1: Eyeliner and Astrology with Xine Yao.” Inaugural guest on the podcast Secret Feminist Agenda hosted by Hannah McGregor, academic and podcaster.

“Of Podcasts, Performances, and Public Engagement: Asserting Yourself as a Junior Scholar” for the Committee on the Status of Graduate Students in the Profession, MLA Commons site.

“Female Trouble: Headaches and the Modern Women” for Fugitive Leaves, the blog of the Historical Medical Library of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Written as part of the F.C. Wood Institute for the History of Medicine travel grant.

Public Humanities Fellow through the New York State Council for the Arts and the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University. Collaborative local history project: “Montage Histories: Tompkins County, NY, through Photographs 1864-2014.” Exhibit at the Tompkins County Public Library.

Guest lecturer for The Dr. T Project, a weekly on-campus series on items of cultural interest by Professor Shawkat Toorawa. Article in the Chronicle of Higher Education.


Featured HASTAC #ScholarsMustRead blog post of the week for work on digital pedagogy.

Digital humanities symposium presentation featured in the Cornell Chronicle.