Associate Professor of Chinese
Chair of the East Asian Languages & Cultures Department
Joined Connecticut College: 1998
Amy Dooling teaches courses in Chinese fiction and film, women’s writing, and gender in socialist and post-socialist societies. She has played a significant role in the development of the East Asian Languages and Cultures Department, which she currently chairs.
She graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Columbia University, where she also earned her master's degree and Ph.D. in Chinese literature.
Beyond EALC, Dooling has been deeply involved in general education revision through her service on the Education Planning Committee (EPC). She has also led the International Commons Steering Committee since 2011 and is currently co-directing the Initiative in Global Education, a multi-year project funded by a generous grant from the Mellon Foundation.
Dooling is the 2015 recipient of the Helen Brooks Regan Faculty Leadership award, presented annually to a tenured faculty member whose outstanding service in a leadership role exemplifies the College’s commitment to shared governance, democratic process, and campus community development.
Dooling’s scholarly research focuses on the intersections between political activism and cultural expression in modern China. She has written extensively on the subject of radical women writers and early twentieth-century feminism, the topic of her first book Women’s Literary Feminism in Twentieth Century China (Palgrave, 2005). This monograph and her highly regarded work as a translator, particularly her two anthologies Writing Women in Modern China (Columbia University Press, 1998) and Writing Women in Modern China: The Revolutionary Years (Columbia University Press, 2005) have been praised as “important landmarks in Chinese gender studies.” Her latest research project examines gender, labor migration and politically-engaged art in the contemporary post-socialist PRC.
Professor Dooling has received numerous fellowships and grants to support her research, including a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities, a President's Fellowship from Columbia University, and grants from Fulbright, American Council of Learned Societies, the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation and, most recently, the National Endowment for the Humanities. She has been invited to speak on her research at the Sackler Center For Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, the Freer Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., the Pembroke Center at Brown University, the East-West Center at University of Hawaii, and the Fairbank Center at Harvard. Dooling was featured as a scholarly expert in a documentary film about the late Qing revolutionary martyr Qiu Jin, Autumn Gem (2009).
Dooling's most recent publications include translations of work by two preeminent Chinese playwrights – Cao Yu’s Sunrise (Methuen Drama Anthology of Modern Asian Plays (2014) and Tian Han’s Guan Hanqing (Columbia Anthology of Modern Chinese Drama, Abridged, 2014), and an article on Ling Shuhua in Zhongguo Xiandai Wenxue de Shi yu Xue: Xiang Xia Zhiqing Xiansheng zhijing (Lianjing chubanshe, 2010). Her essay “September 1929, Woman Writer Magazine Launched in Shanghai: Gender, Commercialism and the Literary Market” will appear in A New Literary History of Modern China (Harvard University Press, forthcoming).
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