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April 03, 2020 Friday 01:48:31 AM IST

Dr Christine Yao announced as BBC New Generation Thinker

Teacher Insights

Dr Christine ‘Xine’ Yao of University College London English department has been named as one of this year’s ‘New Generation Thinkers’ by the BBC and Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Each year the scheme gives ten early-career academics, who have a passion for communication, a platform to share their ideas with a wider audience via BBC Radio 3 and other outlets.

This year marks the scheme’s tenth anniversary, during which 100 early-career arts and humanities researchers, have had unique access to training and support from AHRC and the BBC. New Generation Thinkers alumni have gone on to become prominent public figures in their field as well as the face of major documentaries, TV series, and regular figures in the national debate.

Dr Yao hails from Toronto, Canada. She joined UCL in 2018 as a lecturer in early and 19th century American literature. She researches topics such as race science, feminist fashion, queer tarot, and anti-racist practices. Before joining UCL she held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of British Columbia. 

She is currently working on her first book ‘Disaffected: The Cultural Politics of Unfeeling in Nineteenth-Century America’, which will be published with Duke University Press. She presents the podcast, PhDivas, co-hosted with cancer scientist Dr Liz Wayne, which interviews women from across the STEM/humanities divide about their research and experiences of working in academia. 

For the scheme, Dr Yao wishes to explore whether reading helps us with empathy and understanding of oppressed peoples. And what happens if those people refuse to express themselves in order to prove their humanity.

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