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Duncan Yoon

Assistant Professor
(212) 992-7751
1 Wash Pl, Room 615

Office Hours
Tuesday (9:30-12:30 by appt)
Thursday (9:30-10:30 by appt)

B.A., English and French, DePauw University, 2004
M.A., Comparative Literature, Dartmouth College, 2007
Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of California, Los Angeles, 2014

Duncan M. Yoon’s book, Alluvial Dreams, examines representations of China in African literature. The manuscript received the American Comparative Literature Association's (ACLA) Helen Tartar First Book Subvention Award in 2020. Publications include: "Africa, China, and the Global South Novel: In Koli Jean Bofane's Congo Inc.," in the journal, Comparative Literature (2020); "Cold War Creolization: Ousmane Sembène's Le Dernier de l'empire," in Research in African Literatures (2019); "Bandung Nostalgia and the Global South," in the edited volume The Global South and Literature (Cambridge, 2018); and "Our Forces Have Redoubled: World Literature, Postcolonialism and the Afro-Asian Writers Bureau" in The Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry (2015). He is an executive committee member for the Modern Language Association's (MLA) forum African Literature to 1990. Pedagogically, he is interested in the intersections between digital technology and critical thought. Before coming to Gallatin, he was an assistant professor of postcolonial literature at the University of Alabama. He served as a Fulbright Scholar to South Korea in 2004 and was a Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress in 2018.

Grants & Fellowships


Washington Square North Faculty Fellowship

Duncan Yoon and Pedro Monaville (NYU-AD) have been awarded a 2022 Washington Square North Faculty Fellowship for their project “Kinshasaʼs Ambiance: Remembering TK Biaya,” which will focus on the work of the Congolese interdisciplinary scholar.

Teaching and Research Interests

Africa and China; postcolonialism; globalization; narrative theory; the Global South; the Cold War; diaspora; critical theory; digital humanities; world literature    

Recent News


Duncan M. Yoon's article, "Figuring Africa and China: Congolese Literary Imaginaries of the PRC," is forthcoming in the Journal of World Literature in 2021.


Duncan Yoon, along with his colleague Pedro Monaville from NYU-AD, was awarded a 2022 Washington Square North Faculty Fellowship for “Kinshasa’s Ambiance: Remembering T.K. Biaya.” The project will involve two online events, a co-authored translation, an artistic installation, and the preparation of a special journal issue focused on Kinshasa and the work of Tshikala Kayembe Biaya, an influential Congolese interdisciplinary scholar who died prematurely in 2002 in his mid-forties.

Duncan Yoon