Williams College Scholar Wins Best Book in Literacy Criticism Award

Williams College Scholar Dorothy J. WangDorothy J. Wang, an associate professor of American studies at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, has been selected as the winner of the 2016 Best Book in Literary Criticism Award from the Association for Asian American Studies. Dr. Wang is being honored for her book Thinking Its Presence; Form, Race and Subjectivity in Contemporary Asian American Poetry (Stanford University Press, 2014).

The award committee said that “Wang is fierce and fearless in taking on the literary establishment in her searing defense of Asian American poetry. Her scholarship is so disciplined, so lucid, so exacting, that it must be recognized for what it is, literary scholarship at its best.”

Dr. Wang is a graduate of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. She holds a master of public administration degree from Princeton University, a master’s degree in poetry writing from Johns Hopkins University, and a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of California, Berkeley.

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