Hua Hsu

Associate Professor of English

Hua Hsu is an associate professor of English and director of the American Studies program. He is also a staff writer at the New Yorker and the author of A Floating Chinaman: Fantasy and Failure Across the Pacific (Harvard University Press, 2016.)

BA, University of California-Berkeley; PhD, Harvard University
At Vassar since 2007


Eleanor Butler Sanders Hall
Box 75

Research and Academic Interests

Asian American Studies
Transpacific Studies
Critical Ethnic Studies
Popular Culture and Subculture
Literary Non-fiction


AMST/ENGL/URBS 177 Special Topics
ENGL 101 The Art of Reading and Writing

In the Media

Hua Hsu, Associate Professor of English and Director of American Studies, wrote a New Yorker story about the lawsuit against Harvard University and its admissions process, some of the people involved with the lawsuit, and the ramifications of the judicial decision, which could lead to significant changes in college admissions policies.

Hua Hsu is also a staff writer for The New Yorker. View biography and work.


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Hua Hsu
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