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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 areas of research and expertise include Victorian literature and culture, media theory, science fiction, science and technology studies, feminist epistemology, and critical race theory. My current book project, In Real Life: Victorian Talk and Media Culture, 1860-1900, examines how the development of mass print media in the nineteenth century led to a conceptualization of everyday talk as an alternative form of media, so to speak, “in real life.” This is the beginning, I argue, of a dichotomization between “actual” and “virtual” space that continues to inform how we speak about media today. I also contend that Victorian literary form theorizes aesthetic and ethical entanglements between actual and virtual space in ways that remain important and relevant to discussions about the digital turn in the present. 

I have published peer-reviewed articles in Modern Philology, SEL: Studies in English Literature, Studies in the Novel, Literature Compass,and Narrative. I have also published essays on teaching, equity, and inclusion for the V21 Collective and Avidly (a channel of the LA Review of Books).  

At Dominican, I teach in variety of different areas, from literature and writing to core, honors, and service learning courses. My courses have covered such topics as Victorian and Neo-Victorian literature, children's literature, dystopian science fiction, literary monstrosity, critical media studies, reading popular media, 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 experiences 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

Curriculum Vitae

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Professional Service and Affiliations

Present Member, American Comparative Literature Association
Present Faculty Member, Dickens Project
Present Member, Modern Languages Association
Present Member, North American Victorian Studies Association
Present Faculty Advisor, Sigma Tau Delta
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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)
  • 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)
  • Honors Faculty Fellow, Dominican University of CA (2016-2018 renewed for 2018-2020)
  • Critical Race Studies Group in Victorian Studies Grant, Amherst College (2018)


  • 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


Articles (5)

Reviews and Essays (5)

Podcasts (1)