•Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1984
American Ethnic Literatures, Asian American Literature, Chinese and Chinese American Literature, Renaissance British Literature (Shakespeare and Milton), World Literature (Comparative Odysseys and Comparative Heroic Traditions), gender studies.
Chinese American Literature without Borders: Gender, Genre, and Form (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017); Articulate Silences: Hisaye Yamamoto, Maxine Hong Kingston, Joy Kogawa (Cornell,1993); editor of Words Matter: Conversations with Asian American Writers (U of Hawaii Press, 2000), An Interethnic Companion to Asian American literature (Cambridge, 1996), “Seventeen Syllables” (Rutgers, 1994), and Asian American Literature: An Annotated Bibliography (MLA, 1988); co-editor of The Heath Anthology of American Literature. Her articles have appeared in AALA Journal (Japan), Amerasia Journal, American Literary History, Biography, Bucknell Review, Chinese Literature Journal (China), College Compostion and Communication, Journal of American Studies (Korea), MELUS, Milton Studies, PMLA, Pacific Coast Philology, Positions, Shakespeare Quarterly,Tamkang Review (Taiwan), and Transnational Literature (Australia).
She is on the International Advisory Boards of Feminist Studies in English Literature (Korea) and EuroAmerica (Taiwan). She is also an associate editor of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society and a Guest Research Fellow at the Chinese American Literature Research Center, Beijing Foreign Studies University. She has received an ACLS fellowship, a Mellon fellowship, a Fulbright lecturing and research award, and a resident fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford. She is the 2012-13 recipient of the C. Doris and Toshio Hoshide Distinguished Teaching Prize in Asian American Studies at UCLA.