Susan Thananopavarn

Susan Thananopavarn

Lecturing Fellow of Thompson Writing Program

External Address: 
Box 90025, Durham, NC 27708


I am interested in contemporary American literature, ethnic studies, Asian American studies, and Latina/o studies.  My book, LatinAsian Cartographies: History, Writing, and the National Imaginary (Rutgers UP, 2018), examines how Asian American and Latina/o literature can rewrite dominant narratives of U.S. history.  My next project will explore what I call “ethnofuturism,” or alternative speculative fiction by writers of color.  Other areas of interest include the medical humanities, women’s and gender studies, and literature and the environment.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill 2015

  • M.A., University of California - Berkeley 1998

  • B.A., Princeton University 1996

Thananopavarn, Susan. LatinAsian Cartographies History, Writing, and the National Imaginary. Rutgers University Press, 2018.

Thananopavarn, Susan. “Negotiating Asian American Childhood in the Twenty-First Century: Grace Lin's Year of the Dog, Year of the Rat, and Dumpling Days.” Lion and the Unicorn, vol. 38, no. 1, Jan. 2014, pp. 106–22. Mla, doi:10.1353/uni.2014.0008. Full Text

Thananopavarn, S. “Conscientización of the Oppressed: Language and the Politics of Humor in Ana Castillo's So Far from God.” Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies, vol. Number 1, no. Spring 2012, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, Apr. 2012, pp. 65–86.

Thananopavarn, Susan. “Driven Out: The Forgotten War against Chinese Americans.” Journal of Contemporary Asia, vol. 39, no. 4, ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD, Jan. 2009, pp. 699–701.

Thananopavarn, Susan. “Intersections of Latina/o and Asian American Literature.” The Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature and Culture.