Mai Wang is a Lecturer and Teaching Fellow for the Civic, Liberal, and Global Education program. Mai completed her PhD in English at Stanford in 2021. She also holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Boston University and a BA in English from Yale University. Her research and teaching interests include Asian American studies, transnational Chinese and Southeast Asian studies, multicultural American literature, and critical translation theory. Her fiction and scholarship has appeared in Amerasia Journal, The Walt Whitman Quaterly Review, The Hopkins Review, Hyphen Magazine, and other publications.

Mai is currently working on a book project entitled "The Nonaligned Self: Asian Redeployments of the American Renaissance," which examines a network of affiliations that emerged between a group of Asian American and Chinese diasporic writers and their nineteenth-century predecessors from the American Renaissance. In the twentieth century, Asian writers living in the West revived the defense of the free individual found in the Anglo-American tradition of liberalism in order to imagine new forms of provisional belonging in a pluralistic society. Sustained transhistorical exchanges with the literary past enabled Asian writers living in exile as well as their Asian American counterparts to articulate muted critiques of American capitalist hegemony as well as Communist repression in places like mainland China. Asian writers instrumentalized the defense of liberalism they encountered in the writings of authors such as Emerson, Whitman, Hawthorne, and Douglass in order to invent a vision of nonaligned selfhood that was global in its aspirations, even as it sought to challenge the exclusionary limits of nation-states, whether they were Communist totalitarian regimes or Western multicultural democracies.

In her spare time, Mai enjoys cooking, trying new restaurants, and exploring the Bay Area.

Academic Appointments

  • Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Civic, Liberal, and Global Education

2021-22 Courses