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Tina Chen

Associate Professor of English and Asian American Studies

Founding Editor, Verge: Studies in Global Asias

Director, Global Asias Initiative

Director, English Department Mentoring Program

205 Burrowes Building

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 863-9592

Office Hours:

  • Spring 2020:


  1. Ph.D University of California, Berkeley
  2. M.A. Georgetown University
  3. B.A. Georgetown University

Professional Bio

Tina Chen is Associate Professor of English and Asian American Studies and author of Double Agency: Acts of Impersonation in Asian American Literature and Culture, which was named a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title in 2005.  She has had a number of national leadership roles, which include stints as the co-Chair of the East of California caucus for the Association for Asian American Studies, serving on the Executive Board of the MLA's Division on Asian American Literature (from 2005-2010), and being Founding Editor of Verge: Studies in Global Asias, winner of the 2016 BEST NEW JOURNAL Award from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ).

I usually teach my graduate seminars in the fall semester although in 2019-2020, I will be teaching grad seminars both semesters. Over the next three years, I plan to offer courses on methods and materials (ENG 501; Fall 2019), speculative fiction (ENG 577; Spring 2020), contemporary Ethnic American literature (ENG 597; Fall 2020), and writing and professionalism (ENG 586; Fall 2021). These classes are subject to approval by the GSC but I provide this information for graduate student planning purposes.