Cornell University, Ph.D.

Christine “Xine” Yao is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia in the Department of English. She recently completed her PhD in English, American Studies, and Feminism, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Cornell University. She works on intersections of affect theory, critical race studies, and queer and feminist theory in relation to histories of science and law in early and 19th-century American literature.   Her research has been published in J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists and American Gothic: An Edinburgh Companion. She is currently at work on  a book project Feeling Subjects: Science and Law in Nineteenth-Century America.

Dr. Yao’s postdoctoral, PhD, and MA work has been funded by grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Her archival research has been supported by travel grants to the American Antiquarian Society, the Massachusetts Historical Society, and the College of the Library of Physicians of Philadelphia. Additional training thanks to the Center for American Visual Culture, the Futures of American Studies Institute at Dartmouth College, and the LGBT Leadership Academy at Cornell in Washington. She is an award-winning instructor of literature, culture, and writing. She pursues her interest in intersectional advocacy and interdisciplinary collaboration through projects like the co-hosted iTunes podcast PhDivas.

For her CV and further information, please see her website www.christineyao.com