Faculty Biography

Betsy Huang

Betsy Huang, Ph.D.

Associate Provost and Dean of the College
Andrea B. and Peter D. Klein '64 Distinguished Professor
Associate Professor of English

Department of English
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Phone: 508-793-7145
Email: bhuang@clarku.edu


Education

B.A. State University of New York at Buffalo, 1989
Ph.D. University of Rochester, 2004

Current Research and Teaching

Betsy Huang is associate provost and dean of the college, the Andrea B. and Peter D. Klein ’64 Distinguished Professor, and associate professor of English at Clark University. She was Clark’s inaugural chief officer of diversity and inclusion from 2013 to 2016, and also served as director of the Center for Gender, Race, and Area Studies from 2017 to 2019. As dean of the college, she is responsible for the development and implementation of undergraduate academic programs and policies toward ensuring the quality of Clark’s signature LEEP educational experience.

Huang first came to Clark in 2003 when she joined the English Department as its first specialist in American multiethnic literature. She teaches and researches in the overlapping spheres of ethnic American and Asian American literature, science fiction, genre theory, and critical race and ethnic studies. As a faculty member, her teaching was always focused on literatures on the margins: narratives of and by people living in spaces of cultural and historical invisibility. As dean, she follows the same lodestar of educational excellence for all: that all Clark students, no matter their background, receive the strongest education and preparation for the world beyond.

Courses taught by Dean Huang include Ethnic America: Literature, Theory, Politics; Fictions of Asian America; Major American Writers II; Studies in Contemporary Literature: Speculative Fiction; Science Fiction and the Mind of the Other (with Scott Hendricks, Philosophy); Race, Genre, and Autobiography (with Shelly Tenenbaum, Sociology); Speculative fiction: Ecologies and Technologies; and the English Senior Capstone.

Dean Huang has published three books — a monograph, “Contesting Genres in Contemporary Asian American Fiction” (2010), and two co-edited essay collections: “Techno-Orientalism: Imagining Asia in Speculative Fiction, History, and Media” (2015) and “Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education and Societal Contexts” (2018). Her work has appeared in The Cambridge Companion to Asian American Literature, Journal of Asian American Studies, and MELUS, among others. She is currently co-editing a volume in a new series commissioned by Cambridge University Press, “Asian American Literature in Transition,” forthcoming in 2020. When she is not deaning and researching, she is traveling, playing board games with her family, reading too much science fiction, and preparing for robot takeovers.

 

Publications

Books

Contesting Genres in Contemporary Asian American Fiction. Betsy Huang. Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.

Techno-Orientalism: Imagining Asia in Speculative Fiction, History, and Media. Edited by David Roh, Betsy Huang, and Greta Niu. Rutgers University Press, 2015.

Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education and Societal Contexts. Edited by SunHee Kim Gertz, Betsy Huang, and Lauren Cyr. Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.

Asian American Literature in Transition, Volume Four: 1992-Present. Edited by Betsy Huang and Victor Roman Mendoza. Series Editors: Min Hyoung Song and Rajini Srikanth. Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.

Selected Articles and Book Chapters

“How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional America: Charles Yu’s Immigrant Utopianism.” Race and Utopian Desire in American Literature and Society. Edited by Edward K. Chan and Trish Ventura. Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.

“Westworld Dreams: A Dialogue.” Lawrence-Minh Bui Davis and Betsy Huang. Machine Dreams Volume 1. Edited by Margaret Rhee. UCLA and University of Oregon, 2017. 70-75.

“Popular Genres and New Media.” Cambridge Companion to Asian American Literature.  Edited by Crystal Parikh and Daniel Kim. Cambridge University Press, July 2015.

“Premodern Orientalist Science Fictions.”  MELUS 33.4 (Winter 2008): 23 – 43.

“Citizen Kwang: Chang-rae Lee’s Native Speaker and the Politics of Consent.”  Journal of Asian American Studies 9.3 (October 2006): 243 – 269.

Asian American Literary Review’s Author Interview Series

“Interview with Naomi Hirahara and Ed Lin.” Interviewed by Betsy Huang and Jinny Huh. Asian American Literary Review (AALR), 1 Feb 2017. http://aalr.binghamton.edu/interview-naomi-hirahara-and-ed-lin-by-jinny-huh-and-betsy-huang/

“Interview with Ted Chiang,” Part II.  Interviewed by Betsy Huang.  Asian American Literary Review (AALR) Special Speculative Fiction Authors Interview Series. 12 July 2013. http://aalrmag.org/specfictioninterviewchiang2/

“Interview with Ted Chiang,” Part I.  Interviewed by Betsy Huang.  Asian American Literary Review (AALR) Special Speculative Fiction Authors Interview Series.  24 May 2013 and 12 July 2013. http://aalrmag.org/specfictioninterviewchiang/

 “Interview with E. Lily Yu.”  Interviewed by Betsy Huang.  Asian American Literary Review (AALR) Special Speculative Fiction Authors Interview Series.  24 May 2013 and 12 July 2013. http://aalrmag.org/specfictioninterviewlilyyu/  

 “Interview with Charles Yu.”  Interviewed by Betsy Huang.  Asian American Literary Review (AALR) Special Speculative Fiction Authors Interview Series.  18 October 2012. http://aalrmag.org/specfictioninterviewyu/ 

“Interview with Ken Liu.”  Interviewed by Betsy Huang.  Asian American Literary Review (AALR)  Special Speculative Fiction Authors Interview Series.  16 August 2012.