Edlie Wong joined the University of Maryland in 2010. She was previously an Associate Professor at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She is the author of Racial Reconstruction: Black Inclusion, Chinese Exclusion, and the Fictions of Citizenship (NYU Press, 2015) and Neither Fugitive nor Free: Atlantic Slavery, Freedom Suits, and the Legal Culture of Travel (NYU Press, 2009). She is also co-editor with Matt Cohen of a scholarly edition of George Lippard's novella, The Killers (UPenn Press, 2014). Her work has appeared in Social Text, American Literary History, American Literature, African American Review, Victorian Literature and Culture, and Prose Studies, in anthologies, including Oxford History of the Novel in English, American Literary Geographies, and The Image and the Witness, and online at openDemocracy. Her teaching and research interests include nineteenth-century American, African American, and Asian American literatures, law and literature, the black Atlantic, critical race studies, and gender studies.
Ph.D., University of California, BerkeleyB.A., University of California, Berkeley
Racial Reconstruction: Black Inclusion, Chinese Exclusion, and the Fictions of Citizenship (New York: NYU Press, 2015).
Co-edited with Matt Cohen, The Killers: A Narrative of Real Life in Philadelphia by George Lippard (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014).
Neither Fugitive Nor Free: Atlantic Slavery, Freedom Suits, and the Legal Culture of Travel (New York: NYU Press, 2009).
"Storytelling and the Comparative Study of Atlantic Slavery and Freedom," Social Text 33.4 (December 2015): 109-130.
“In a Future Tense: Immigration Law, Counterfactual Histories, and Chinese Invasion Fiction,” American Literary History 26.3 (2014): 1-25.
“Comparative Racialization, Immigration Law, and James Williams's Life and Adventures," American Literature 84.4 (December 2012): 797-826.
“Anti-Slavery Cosmopolitanism in the Black Atlantic.” In Tanya Agathocleous and Jason Rudy eds., “Victorian Cosmopolitanisms.” Victorian Literature and Culture 38.2 (2010): 451-466.
“‘Freedom with a Vengeance’: Choosing Kin in Antislavery Literature and Law.” American Literature 81.1 (2009): 7-34.
“‘Neither is Memory Always Thus Avenging’: Longing for Kinship in Julia C. Collins’s Curse of Caste and the Christian Recorder." African American Review 40.4 (2006): 687-704.
“‘Turned Out of Doors’: Voluntary Return and Captive Agency in the Case of Mary Prince.” Prose Studies 24.3 (2001): 59-72.
“In the Shadow of Haiti: The Negro Seamen Act, Counterrevolutionary Saint-Domingue, and Black Emigration.” In Elizabeth Dillon and Michael Drexler, eds. The Haitian Revolution and the Early United States: Histories, Textualities, Geographies. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, May 2016.
“Plessy and the Novel.” In Priscilla Wald and Michael A. Elliott, eds. “The American Novel: 1870-1940,” Oxford History of the Novel in English Vol. 6 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014): 86-102.
“Around the World and Across the Board: Nellie Bly and the Geography of Games.” In Martin Brückner and Hsuan L. Hsu eds., American Literary Geographies: Space and Cultural Production, 1500-1900. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2007. 296-324.
“Haunting Absences: Witnessing Loss in Doris Salcedo’s Atrabilarios and Beyond.” In Roger Hallas and Frances Guerin eds., The Image and the Witness: Trauma, Memory and Visual Culture. London: Wallflower Press, 2007. 173-188.
“Bound and Determined: New Abolitionism and the Campaign Against Modern Slavery,” Beyond Trafficking and Slavery, openDemocracy.net, June 1, 2015.
Kinga Araya/Passing Estrangement, Commissioned Catalogue/Artist’s Book. Quebec: SAGAMIE, National Research and Exhibition Centre for Contemporary Digital Art, 2007.
Reviews essays in American Quarterly, American Literature, American Historical Review, Biography, Journal of Asian American Studies, Nineteenth-Century Literature, and African American Review.
College of Arts and Humanities, University of Maryland, Subvention Fund, Fall 2014.
Honorable Mention, Norman Foerster Prize for the best essay published in American Literature, 2012.
University of Maryland Research and Scholarship Award, Fall 2012.
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2010-11.
Presidential Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, 2009.
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, University of Pennsylvania, 2006-7.
To the Profession:
Executive Committee, Forum on Late-Nineteenth- and Early-Twentieth-Century American Literature, Modern Language Association (2015-)
Editorial Board, J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanist (2013-)
Nominating Committee, C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists (2013-)
Hench Post-Dissertation Fellowship Review Committee, American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA (2014-15)
Reviewer, National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships, 2013
To the University:
Selection Committee for the Banneker/Key Scholarship, 2015
ARHU Dean’s Representative on Search Committee for the Assistant Director for the College of Behavioral & Social Science Minor in Law & Society Program, 2013-14
Campus Nomination Committee for NEH Summer Stipends, 2013
Secretary, Collegiate Council, 2011-12
China Task Force, 2011
To the Department:
Personnel Committee, 2014-16
Post-Tenure Review Committee, 2014-16
Center for Literary and Comparative Studies Steering Committee, 2014-16
English Department Grievance Committee, 2015
Presenter on CLCS Science Fiction Roundtable, March 2, 2015
Chair of the African American/African Diaspora Area Group, 2013-
Search Committee for African American Literature, 2013-14
Junior Faculty Mentoring Committee, 2012-
CTE/GEO Public Speaking Workshop, October 16, 2013
Search Committee U.S. Contemporary Literature, 2011-12
Graduate Studies Committee, 2011-12
Placement Committee, 2013-14, 2011-12
Co-organizer with Robert Levine of Race, Law, and American Literary Studies: An Interdisciplinary Conference, March 29-30, 2012