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Amy J. Wan
Position: Associate Professor, English, Queens College
Campus Affiliation: Queens College
Room Number: 4405
Office Hours: By appointment
Degrees/Diplomas: PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Research Interests: Composition and rhetoric, literacy studies, historiography, history of higher education and disciplinarity, citizenship studies, rhetoric of public policy
Specialization: Autobiography, Biography, and Life-Writing|Composition Theory and Rhetoric|Pedagogy

Amy J. Wan is the author of Producing Good Citizens: Literacy Training in Anxious Times (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2014). Drawing from literacy studies, composition history, and citizenship theory, it analyzes how literacy is imagined to solve inequality by conferring, defining, and producing the status of citizenship and by extension, how literacy training instructs individuals to enact civic obligations, whether local or national. An article from this project, “In the Name of Citizenship,” was awarded the Richard Ohmann Outstanding Article Award in 2012. Her current research examines contemporary policy around language diversity, multilingual writers, and international students in the context of diversity and access rhetoric in U.S. higher education in the twentieth century and of the twenty-first century rhetoric of the global university. In addition to her interest in how literacy is used for citizen-making in school and non-school settings, she has also written about rhetorics of public policy, specifically on immigration policy and labor reform.