Hsuan L. Hsu


Position Title
Professor of English

258 Voorhies Hall

Education and Degree(s)

PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 2004                   

A.B., Harvard University, 1998


Hsuan l. Hsu joined the UC Davis faculty in 2008. His interests include 19th and 20th-Century U.S. literature, Asian American Literature, visual culture, cultural geography, comparative racialization, and environmental justice literature. He is the author of Geography and the Production of Space in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (Cambridge, 2010) and Sitting in Darkness: Mark Twain, Asia, and Comparative Racialization (NYU, 2015). He is working on a manuscript entitled The Smell of Risk: Atmospheric Disparities and the Olfactory Arts (under contract with NYU Press), which considers olfactory aesthetics as a mode of engaging with environmental injustice in literature, art, memoir, and law. His recent courses have examined topics such as geographies of risk, transnational American literature, medical humanities, aerial aesthetics, and race and realism. He has served on the editorial boards of American Literature, Literary Geographies, the Journal of Transnational American StudiesAmerican Literary Realism, and the Broadview Anthology of American Literature, the Executive Council of the American Literature Society, and the Executive Committee of the MLA's forum for Nineteenth-Century American Literature. His research has been supported by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, NEH, ACLS, the Davis Humanities Institute, the Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation's Arts Writers Program, Stanford's Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and the UC Humanities Research Institute.


Books & Edited Projects

Articles and Essays


  • UC Humanities Research Institute President's Faculty Research Fellowship, 2018-19.

  • ACLS Fellowship, 2018-19.
  • Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, 2018.
  • Davis Humanities Institute Faculty Fellowship, 2018.
  • ACLS Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship/Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University 2012-13
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend 2012
  • Don D. Walker Award for the year's best essay on Western US literature 2010
  • Davis Humanities Institute California Cultures Initiative research seminar 2010
  • honorable mention, Norman Foerster essay prize, American Literature 2009
  • Nineteenth Century Studies Association Emerging Scholars Award 2008
  • Margaret Church Memorial essay prize, Modern Fiction Studies 2006
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences Visiting Scholar 2004-5
  • Phi Beta Kappa Scholarship 2003-4