Associate Professor of Chinese
Joined Connecticut College: 1998
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Columbia University
Modern and Contemporary Chinese fiction
Chinese women's writing
History of the women's movement and feminism in China
Amy Dooling graduated summa cum laude from Columbia University with a B.A. in East Asian Studies. She also earned her Master's degree and Ph.D. in Chinese Literature from Columbia University.
She has served as chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and was the First Acting Chair of Gender and Women's Studies.
Her doctoral thesis examined the powerful connection between emergent feminist ideologies in China and the production of modern women's writing in the period spanning the collapse of the last imperial dynasty and the founding of the People's Republic in 1949.
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, and the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation. She has been invited to speak on her research at the Freer Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., the Mansfield Freeman Center at Wesleyan University and Columbia University.
Professor Dooling's most recent publications include: Writing Women in Modern China: The Revolutionary Years, 1936-1976 (Columbia University Press, 2005) and "Desire and Disease: Bai Wei and the Literary Left of the 1930s” in Charles Laughlin, ed. Contested Modernities in Chinese Literature, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005).
Her other publications include Women’s Literary Feminism in Twentieth-Century China (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005), Writing Women in Modern China (co-edited and co-translated with Kristina Torgeson, Columbia University Press, 1998), and articles and reviews in Modern Chinese Literature and The Journal of Asian Studies. Her articles include "Xiao Hong and The Field of Life and Death" and "The Rise of Women's Writing in the 1920's and 30s" in Kirk Denton, ed. The Columbia Companion to Modern East Asian Literature (Columbia University Press, 2004).