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Duncan Yoon

Assistant Professor
(212) 992-7751
506 - 1 Wash Pl

Office Hours
Wednesday 10:00 TO 12:00

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, China in 20th and 21st Century African Literature, is forthcoming (2023) with Cambridge University Press. The manuscript received the American Comparative Literature Association's (ACLA) Helen Tartar First Book Subvention Award in 2020. He is chair of the executive committee for the Modern Language Association's 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.



China in Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century African Literature

Duncan Yoon's China in Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century African Literature was published by Cambridge University Press.

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 "A South African Imaginary of Maoist China: The Curious Case of Dennis Brutus’s China Poems (1975)" is forthcoming in Verge: Studies in Global Asias.

Duncan M. Yoon's "Afropolitanism and Afro-Chinese Worlds" appeared in the Periodical of the Modern Language Association (PMLA).  

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