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About Amy Wong

I began teaching at Dominican in Fall 2015 after receiving my Ph.D. in English from UCLA (2015), an M.Sc. in Education from Long Island University (2008), and my B.A. in History and Literature from Harvard University (2006). Prior to entering academia, I taught at public middle school in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, working as a specialist in English Language Learner (ELL) education.

My primary research areas are in Victorian literature and culture, print and media studies, the history of journalism, orality, literature, and language access, science fiction, science studies, and feminist epistemology. My current book project in progress, Talk Media in the Age of Print, 1860-1900, examines how the development of mass print media and a large reading public in the nineteenth century affected perceptions about everyday talk. I have published peer-reviewed articles in Modern Philology, SEL: Studies in English Literature, and Studies in the Novel and have forthcoming articles in Literature Compass and Narrative. 

At Dominican, I teach in variety of different areas, from literature and writing to colloquium, honors, and service learning courses. My courses have covered such topics as Victorian and Neo-Victorian literature, children's literature, literary monstrosity, critical media studies, the study of film and drama, and expository writing through the lens of identity formation and community engagement. I am fully committed to the vision of the classroom as a democratic space for shared growth where we are all teachers and learners, as well as to a rigorous, presentist pedagogy that connects the humanities to students' lived realities in the 21st century.


2015 - Present Assistant Professor, Dominican University of California Department of Literature and Languages
2009 - 2015 Non-Faculty Academic Position, University of California, Los Angeles
2006 - 2008 ESL and Language Arts Teacher, Grades 6-8, Sunset Park Middle School 821 ‐ NYC Teaching Fellows Program

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Honors and Awards

  • AmeriCorps Education Award (2006-2007)
  • First-Year University Fellowship, UCLA (2008-2009)
  • Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, UCLA (Summer 2010)
  • Department Distinction in Teaching (2010-2011)
  • Graduate Research Mentorship Year-Long Fellowship, UCLA (2012-2013)
  • Mellon Summer Pedagogy Fellowship, UCLA (Summer 2013)
  • English Department Dissertation Research Fellowship, UCLA (2013-2014)
  • William H. Scheuerle Graduate Paper Award Finalist, VISAWUS Conference (2014)
  • Collegium of University Teaching Fellows, UCLA (2014-2015)
  • Mellon Grant for Course Revision: Democracy and Equity Initiative, Dominican University of CA (2016)


  • Senior Thesis Advising (Regular and Honors)
  • Early Developments in British Literature
  • Expository Writing, “Who’s There?”
  • Genre Study: Film
  • Genre Study: Drama
  • Children’s Literature
  • The Victorians: Then and Now


2015 Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles ‐ English
2008 M. Sc., Long Island University ‐ Education
2008 TESOL Certificate, Long Island University
2006 B.A., cum laude, Harvard University ‐ History and Literature

Contact Information

Dominican University of California
50 Acacia Ave.
San Rafael, CA 94901


Angelico 302


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Presentations (14)