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Amy Wan

Assistant Professor and Co-Director of First Year Writing
Assistant Professor and Co-Director of First Year Writing

Klapper Hall, Room 641
Phone: 718-997-4673

Research Interests

My research is guided by an interest in how literacy is used for citizen-making in school and non-school settings. I am currently working on a book called Producing Good Citizens: Literacy and Citizenship Training in Anxious Times, an examination of citizenship, literacy, and the productive worker-citizen in the United States. Drawing on literacy studies, composition history, and citizenship theory, along with historical evidence of U.S. immigration and labor practices and policies in the early 20th century (1910-1929), the book constructs a history of work-inflected citizenship and the role of literacy in its cultivation and complicates liberatory and participatory notions of citizenship commonly taken up by contemporary literacy teachers. I also have written about immigration policy and the rhetoric of labor reform movement.


I teach courses about writing and the teaching of writing. My first-year writing courses have been on topics like language and literacy, higher education, and food.  I have also taught creative non-fiction to undergraduates, and writing pedagogy, composition theory, and literacy studies to secondary teachers and graduate instructors.


“In the Name of Citizenship,” College English. Fall 2011.

“Pushing the Boundaries of Citizenship: Undocumented Workers and Temporary Work Policies in the United States.” In Entertaining Fear: Rhetoric and the Political Economy of Social Control, 2009.


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