Dr. Christine “Xine” Yao (B.A. Trinity College at the University of Toronto, M.A. Dalhousie University, M.A. Cornell University, Ph.D. Cornell University) is Lecturer in American Literature to 1900 in the English department at University College London. She works on intersections of affect, race, gender, and sexuality in relation to science and law through long 19th century American literature. Her research has been published in American Quarterly, J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, Occasion, and American Gothic: An Edinburgh Companion and has several essays forthcoming in collections. Xine was a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia after completing her PhD in English at Cornell University.
Dr. Yao is honoured to be a judge for the inaugural Orwell Prize in Political Fiction. She is one of the collaborators awarded the 2019 UCL Grand Challenges Grant, Theme: Embedded Inequalities for “Trans Studies, Trans Lives: Past, Present, and Future”, UCL’s first trans symposiumbringing together interdisciplinary trans studies research and lived experiences along with creative work from the trans community at UCL and beyond.
Her book manuscript is titled Disaffected: The Cultural Politics of Unfeeling in Nineteenth Century America. A representative selection from her primary argument won the 2018 Yasuo Sakakibara Prize from the American Studies Association for best paper to be presented at the annual conference. Her postdoctoral, PhD, and MA work has been funded by competitive national grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Her archival research has been supported by travel grants to the American Antiquarian Society, the Massachusetts Historical Society, and the College of the Library of Physicians of Philadelphia.