Chingling Wo

Professor Literature, Graduate Coordinator

Chingling Wo
Chingling Wo


(707) 664-2164


Nichols Hall 342

Office Hours

10:00 am-11:00 am , 1:00 pm-2:00 pm
9:00 am-10:00 am , 1:00 pm-2:00 pm

Advising Area


What I Do at SSU

I teach courses in 18th century British literature, world literature, literary analysis and literary theory.  I also regularly offer various courses for SSU’s General Education program and have participated in the War and Peace Lecture Series. Students interested in literary studies and critical global studies are very welcome to come speak with me during my office hours.


Ph.D., SUNY at Stony Brook (2004) in Comparative Literature; Certificate in Women’s Studies, SUNY at Stony Brook (1999)

Chingling Wo received her PhD in English (Comparative Literature) at State University of New York at Stony Brook. She joined the English Department in 2005. Her work in general engages issues of empire formation, transnational print culture, and modernization in Asia and Europe. Her teaching interests include 17th-19th century British literature, the epistemological impact of global trade in long eighteenth century, travel writing, image of China in British Literature, cultural theory, feminism, Chinese studies, colonialism and post-colonial literature and criticism; Literature's intersections with visual arts, science, and philosophy. She has presented conference papers on early modern British scientific discourse on other cultures, the discursive function of the European Enlightenment legacy in late nineteenthcentury China, romantic love as an imperialist discourse, critique of developmentalism in a global context, and the intersection of postcolonialism and critical global studies focusing on the discourse of invasive species.

Most of her research work focuses on the intersection between capitalism as an economic system and the colonial structure of feeling. Recently she is working on the formation of sentimentality in 18th century literature of Britain and Qing China. She is also interested in using the invasive apple snail in Asian rice paddies to develop new ways of theorizing global space.

Selected Publications & Presentations

"In What Form Does Global Capital Flow Leave Behind Memories? The Story of the Apple Snail Caught Between the Green Revolution and the Organic Food Movement." ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts 22.2 (2015): 20-34. Web.

2011 "Sweep Me off My Feet: Cultural Dislocation and Self Disformation, a Postcolonial Reading of Romantic Love." International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences. Centre for Promoting Ideas. Web

2008 "Elixr: Universal Design for Learning - English." CDL Pachyderm. Web. <>  December, 2008

2008 "Understanding Abstract Theories by Connecting to Common Issues" MERLOT ELIXR. Web. October 2008