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Lisa T. Yun

Associate Professor

English, General Literature and Rhetoric; Department of Asian and Asian American Studies


Lisa Yun’s research concerns diaspora, migration, and cross-racial cultural politics. Her book The Coolie Speaks (Temple) presents the “coolie narrative” in culturally hybrid forms of testimony and relates this to contemporary debates on new slavery, modernity and “freedom.” Additional work appears as chapters in Afro Asia (Duke), Transnational Blackness: Navigating the Global Color Line (Palgrave), The Chinese of Latin America and Caribbean (Brill) and in journals such as Afro Hispanic Review, SOULS: Critical Journal of Black Politics, Caribbean Quarterly, E-misférica, Journal of Chinese Overseas, Journal of Asian American Studies, Amerasia Journal, MELUS, Wasafiri, Black Book Review, among others. Most recently, she authored “Dethroning the Epics of Empire” for a forthcoming collection on Afro Asian connections of Latin America and Caribbean (Brill). Her poetry can be found in anthologies such as Identity Lessons (Viking Penguin) Roots and Flowers (Holt), The NuyorAsian Anthology (Temple), and journals such as The Paterson Literary Review, A Gathering of the Tribes, among others. For the department, Lisa also serves as the faculty administrator for the Peter T. and Shun Yee Chang Memorial Internship and was the co-principal investigator of the Freeman Foundation Grant.


  • PhD, University of Texas at Dallas
  • BA, Yale University

Research Interests

  • Freedom; Slavery; Human Rights
  • Testimony and Testimonial
  • Cross-racial Liberatory Movements
  • Immigrant Narratives

Teaching Interests

  • Afro Asian Connections
  • Asians of the Americas
  • Race and Nation
  • Immigrant Lives
  • Community Engagement


  • New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship
  • SUNY Chancellors Award for Faculty Service
  • Binghamton University Exemplary Community Engaged Teaching Award