Nancy Kang

Associate Professor of Women's and Gender Studies
Canada Research Chair in Transnational Feminisms and Gender-Based Violence, Tier II

Office: 218 Isbister Building
Phone: (204) 474-9643

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 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) with Dr. Renita Seabrook (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 (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 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, among others.

In 2021, Dr. Kang received a University of Manitoba Merit Award for Outstanding Service. In 2020, she was the inaugural winner of the Elizabeth Alexander Creative Writing Award in Poetry from Meridians journal, housed at Smith College and published by Duke University Press. She also received the 2020 Guy Alexandre Prize for best paper from the Haitian and Dominican Studies section of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA). In 2019, she won the Best Essay Prize from the Women's and Gender Studies Caucus of the Northeast Modern Languages Association (NeMLA). She was the 2016 recipient of the University System of Maryland Women's Forum Faculty Research Award as well as the 2016 Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Baltimore.

Dr. Kang's creative writing appears in such venues as Meridians; The Fiddlehead; WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly; Little Patuxent Review, Canadian Literature, ARIEL, Ricepaper Magazine; Ploughshares; and Stone Canoe. 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 and manifestations of sexist, racist, and homophobic violence against women of color in North America and beyond.

Recent Courses Taught:
Writing Women's Lives; African American Feminisms; African Canadian Feminisms; Asian North American Feminisms

Dr Nancy Kang