Canada Research Chair in Transnational Feminisms and Gender-Based Violence, Tier 2
Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies
Dr. Nancy Kang specializes in transnational, multi-ethnic, and diaspora women’s literatures. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, her M.A. from Queen’s University, and her B.A. (Hon.) summa cum laude from the University of Calgary, where she received the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta’s Gold Medal for Academics and the Governor General of Canada’s Academic Medal. Dr. Kang came to the University of Manitoba after becoming Associate Professor of Multicultural and Diaspora Literatures at the University of Baltimore. From 2007-2011, she served as Postdoctoral Faculty Fellow in the Humanities at Syracuse University, where she was affiliated with the Native American Studies program, the Asian/Asian American Studies interdisciplinary minor, and the Department of English. Dr. Kang held visiting or short-term positions at Clarkson University in New York and the University of British Columbia. At the University of Baltimore, she was primary faculty mentor of the Women of Color Student Association (WoCSA) alongside Dr. Renita Seabrook (Associate Professor, School of Criminal Justice).
Dr. Kang co-authored The Once and Future Muse: The Poetry and Poetics of Rhina P. Espaillat (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018) with Dr. Silvio Torres-Saillant (Dean’s Professor of Humanities, Syracuse University), part of the Latino and Latin American Profiles series edited by Dr. Frederick Luis Aldama (Distinguished Professor, The Ohio State University). She co-edited The Culture and Philosophy of Ridley Scott (Lexington Books, 2013) with Ashley Barkman and Dr. Adam Barkman (Chair of Philosophy, Redeemer University College). Her scholarship has appeared in such journals as LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory, MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States, Canadian Literature, Women's Studies, Latino Studies Journal, African American Review, Callaloo, Journal of Lesbian Studies, and Essays on Canadian Writing. She has contributed articles for such reference sources as The Oxford Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latino/a Literature, Keywords in Latino Studies, Great Lives from History: Asian and Pacific Islander Americans, and The African American National Biography.
Dr. Kang was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award by the University of Baltimore Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences in 2016. She was also a recipient of the University System of Maryland Women’s Forum Faculty Research Award in 2016. She has participated in seminars funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Her creative writing appears in such venues as Little Patuxent Review, Canadian Literature, ARIEL, Ricepaper Magazine, Route 2, Ploughshares, and Stone Canoe.Her current research project examines narratives of alternative mothering, interracialism, and forms of violence against North American women of color.
Courses Taught (2018-2019):
African American Feminisms