Areas of Interest: 20th and 21st century multiethnic American literature, Asian American literature, cultural studies, feminism, queer theory, disability studies, ecocriticism

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Office: PAHB 420
Office Number: 410-455-2214


Ph.D. in English, University of California, Los Angeles
M.A. in English, University of California, Los Angeles


Sharon Tran is an Assistant Professor of English and Affiliate Faculty in the Gender, Women’s, + Sexuality Studies department and the Asian Studies program at UMBC. Prior to joining the faculty at UMBC in fall 2018, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California.

Tran’s scholarly research focuses on multiethnic American literatures and cultures with an emphasis on Asian American studies and gender studies. Her published work has appeared in MELUS, the Journal of Asian American StudiesContemporary LiteratureSigns, and American Quarterly. At present, Tran is working on a book manuscript titled “Asian Girlhood in the Shadows of U.S. Empire,” which develops Asian girlhood as a critical analytic and methodological lens for exploring questions of race, gender, and empire. She was awarded a 2021-2022 Career Enhancement Fellowship by the Institute for Citizens & Scholars in support of her research and broader commitment to eradicating racial disparities and fostering more institutional access for communities of color in higher education. Tran serves on the MLA Delegate Assembly and Age Studies forum executive committee. She teaches courses on race and ethnicity in U.S. literature, disability studies, and science and speculative fiction at UMBC.

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