Service & Engagement

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.

My work in the public humanities includes spearheading the official podcast initiative for C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists. As Chair of the Podcast Subcommittee I am responsible for creating the structure, policies, and processes for the podcast. Currently, I oversee the production, release, and advertising of monthly episodes, solicit episode proposals, coordinate proposal evaluations, and manage and train a transnational team of academics.

Currently I am honoured to be a judge for the inaugural Orwell Prize in Political Fiction. My work in the arts world includes the role of Poetry Reader for The Offing, an online literary magazine that actively seeks out and supports creative work by those often marginalized in literary spaces.

Engagement and collaboration within and beyond the university are vital to my identity as a scholar. I have a long history of engagement in service to my institutions and fields of study on the international stage. I was a member of the MLA Committee on the Status of Graduate Students in the Profession. Here is my MLA Commons post on public engagement as a junior scholar. At UBC I spreadhead the Americanist Reading Group for faculty and graduate students. As a Resident Member of Green College at UBC,  I acted as one of the Organizers of the Green College Members’ Series for this interdisciplinary community of graduate students, postdocs, and faculty. My academic service at Cornell includes my work as President of the Americanist Reading Group , which involved organizing a fall invited guest lecture series and an annual spring colloquium for nineteenth-century studies across the humanities. I’m particularly proud of my contributions as Vice-President of Operations and Humanities Voting Member for the Cornell Graduate and Professional Student Assembly. For my advocacy on women’s and LGBTQ issues at Cornell, I was awarded an International Women’s Day Leadership Award.

For a comprehensive list of organizational and committee work, please see my CV.