• WOMN 2530 - Writing Women’s Lives
  • WOMN 2540 - African American Feminisms
  • WOMN 3500 - Asian North American Feminisms
  • WOMN 3520 - Transnational Feminisms: Revolutionary, Evolutionary, Or? Cross-Border Meditations on Afro-North American Feminsms
  • WOMN 4100 - Honors Thesis (Various topics) 


Dr. Kang specializes in transnational, multi-ethnic and diaspora women’s literatures. She was formerly Associate Professor of Multicultural and Diaspora Literatures at the University of Baltimore. She also served as Postdoctoral Faculty Fellow in the Humanities at Syracuse University, where she was affiliated with Native American Studies, Asian and Asian American Studies and the Department of English. She was the primary faculty mentor of the University of Baltimore Women of Color Student Association (WOCSA). 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 (Syracuse University), part of the Latino and Latin American Profiles series. In 2021, the book won Honorable Mention for the Best Book Award from the Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW), chosen from among submissions published between 2017-2020. She co-edited The Culture and Philosophy of Ridley Scott (Lexington Books, 2013) with Ashley Barkman and Dr. Adam Barkman (Redeemer University College). Her scholarship appears in, or is forthcoming from such peer-reviewed venues as Meridians: Race, Feminism, Transnationalism; Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies; Twentieth-Century Literature; LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory; MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States; Canadian Literature; Women's Studies; Latino Studies; AAR: The African American Review; Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters; JLS: Journal of Lesbian Studies; and ECW: Essays on Canadian Writing. She has also contributed articles to such reference volumes 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. Recently she has reviewed and/or consulted for the National Killam Foundation, Universities Canada's Global Excellence Initiative and the Royal Society of Canada's Ursula Franklin Prize in Gender Studies.


  • PhD (English), University of Toronto
  • MA (English), Queen's University
  • BA (Hons, English) (Summa cum laude), University of Calgary


Research interests

  • Women of Color Feminisms, Art, and Activist Histories (including coalitional politics, LGBTQ issues, and ethnic studies broadly)
  • African American, African Canadian, and Afro-Diasporic Feminisms
  • Asian American, Asian Canadian, and Asian Diasporic Feminisms
  • Latinx and Latin American Feminisms
  • Creative Writing (fiction, poetry, and non-fiction, especially life writing)

Research summary

Her current research project, co-edited with Dr. Michael Nieto Garcia (Clarkson University), compiles essays on Latinx community, diasporic politics and Dominican literary history. Other projects examine narratives of alternative mothering, shortcomings of feminist communities to accommodate religious and/or spiritual diversity, eco-feminisms and manifestations of sexist, racist and homophobic violence against women of color in North America and beyond.

Selected publications

Recent Peer-Reviewed Scholarship:

  • Kang, Nancy. “Ridley Scott.” Oxford Bibliographies in Cinema and Media Studies. Ed. Krin Gabbard. New York: Oxford UP, 2023.
  • Kang, Nancy. “’Rubbed Inflections of Litany and Myth’: Ciguapismo in Rhina P. Espaillat’s Feminist Poetics of Loss.” Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism 21.2 (2022): 371-96. Special issue: Feminist Mournings, edited by Kimberly Juanita Brown and Jyoti Puri.
  • Kang, Nancy. “The Homoerotics of ‘Negrotarian’ Patronage in Langston Hughes’s ‘The Blues I’m Playing.’” Twentieth-Century Literature 68.1 (2022): 75-100. 
  • Kang, Nancy. “Copying and Conjugation: Lesbian Auto-Historiography as Reproduction in Alicia Gaspar de Alba’s Sor Juana’s Second Dream.” Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies 42.2 (2021): 133-57. 
  • Kang, Nancy. “The Los Angeles Riots, 1992.” 25 Events That Shaped Asian American History. Ed. Lan Dong. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2019. 386-407. 
  • Kang, Nancy, and Silvio Torres-Saillant. The Once and Future Muse: The Poetry and Poetics of Rhina P. Espaillat. Pittsburgh: U of Pittsburgh P, 2018. (Winner: Honorable Mention, Best Book, published 2017-2020, Society for the Study of American Women Writers, 2021)

Recent Peer-Reviewed Creative Writing:

  • Kang, Nancy. "Strawberry Shade." Amerasia Journal (Creativity and Critique in Asian American Literature issue), forthcoming.
  • Kang, Nancy. “In Blocks of Light, She Calls Back.” Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism 20.1 (2021): 246-47. (Winner of the inaugural Elizabeth Alexander Creative Writing Award 2020)
  • Kang, Nancy. “Gall.” The Fiddlehead: Atlantic Canada’s International Literary Journal 281 (Fall 2019): 84.
  • Kang, Nancy. “They Found the Body.” WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly 47.1-2 (Spring-Summer 2019) 257. 


  • 2023 - University of Manitoba Arts Student Body Council (ASBC) Award: Most Inspiring Racialized Professor or Staff in the Faculty of Arts.
  • 2022 - University of Manitoba Student Union (UMSU) Magnificent Women’s Award for Professor in the Faculty of Arts.
  • 2021 - University of Manitoba and University of Manitoba Faculty Association (UMFA) Merit Award for Outstanding Service.
  • 2020 - Guy Alexandre Paper Prize, Haitian and Dominican Studies Section, Latin American Studies Association (LASA).
  • 2019 - The Northeast Modern Languages Association (NeMLA) Women’s and Gender Studies Caucus Best Essay Prize.


  • International Advisory Board Member, Latino Studies journal (Springer-Nature)

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