B.A. English & 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 current book examines representations of China in African literature. Additional research interests include globalization, narrative theory, the Cold War, postcolonialism, diaspora, and world literature. Recent publications are “Our Forces Have Redoubled: World Literature, Postcolonialism and the Afro-Asian Writers Bureau,” in The Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry, as well as a forthcoming book chapter, “Bandung Nostalgia and the Global South,” in the volume The Global South and Literature, also from Cambridge University Press. He is the co-director of The Global South Project at Cornell University and is completing a digital humanities project on the Heinemann African Writers Series.
He is the delegate representative for the Modern Language Association’s Forum: The Global South. Pedagogically, he is interested in the intersections between digital technology and critical thought. Yoon has an MA from Dartmouth College and a PhD in Comparative Literature from UCLA. Before coming to Gallatin, he was an assistant professor of postcolonial literature at the University of Alabama. His research has been funded by the Social Science Research Council and the Mellon Foundation. He served as a Fulbright Scholar to South Korea in 2004. In 2017 the Library of Congress awarded him a Kluge Fellowship for his research project, "Africa Writes China: Literature and Globalization."
Teaching and Research Interests
Africa and China; postcolonialism; globalization; narrative theory; the Global South; the Cold War; diaspora; critical theory; digital humanities; world literature