Director of Graduate Studies (English)
My research and teaching interests are in Asian American, Multiethnic American and Contemporary American literature. In particular, I am interested in the construction of contemporary American identities—the topic of my first book, Consumption and Identity in Asian American Coming-of-Age Novels (Routledge Press, 2005)—and anti-racist activism/education. My current book manuscript, Racial Ambiguity in Contemporary Asian American Culture (forthcoming Rutgers University Press, May 2015) examines the theme of racial ambiguity in various modes of cultural production (oral history, new media, literature, film, sports journalism) created predominantly by and about Asian Americans in the late-20th/early 21st century. Other current book projects include a critical biography on contemporary American writer Gish Jen (under contract with University of South Carolina Press, forthcoming Fall 2015) and a co-edited (along with James Donahue and Shaun Morgan) collection of essays, Narrative, Race, and Ethnicity in the Americas. In the future I hope to work on a critical autobiography about breast cancer and a study on the Asian diaspora in the Global South.
Learn more about Jennifer from her recent interview on WUNC's "The State of Things."
She has also been interviewed on how food plays a crucial role in how she identifies as a Chinese-Jamaican with The Splendid Table.
Chapman Family Teaching Award, 2012
PhD: Boston University, 2003
MA: Boston University, 1996
BA: University of California at Santa Barbara, 1992