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Susan Thananopavarn

Lecturing Fellow of Thompson Writing Program
Thompson Writing Program
Box 90025, Durham, NC 27708


Susan Thananopavarn is a Lecturing Fellow in the Thompson Writing Program and a core faculty member of Duke's program in Asian American and Diaspora Studies (AADS).  Her research interests include contemporary American literature, ethnic studies, and Asian American studies.  Her book, LatinAsian Cartographies: History, Writing, and the National Imaginary (Rutgers UP, 2018), examines how Asian American and Latina/o literary texts can disrupt dominant understandings of U.S. history by "writing back in" histories of imperialism, nativistic racism, border crossings, and LatinAsian contact zones.  

At Duke, Susan teaches Writing 101 courses in Asian American studies; “ethnofuturism,” or alternative speculative fiction by writers of color; and exploring human connection in the digital age.  She also teaches a course in Asian American literature for Duke's program in Asian American and Diaspora Studies.  Susan received her A.B. in Anthropology from Princeton, an M.A. in Anthropology from UC-Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Lecturing Fellow of Thompson Writing Program · 2017 - Present Thompson Writing Program, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Education, Training & Certifications

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill · 2015 Ph.D.
University of California, Berkeley · 1998 M.A.
Princeton University · 1996 B.A.