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Associate Professor, English and Theatre Studies, University of Guelph

Born in Vancouver, Elaine Chang earned her BA in English from the University of British Columbia and her MA and PhD in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University. Her publications include Reel Asian: Asian Canada on Screen (Coach House Press), Decentre: Concerning Artist-Run Culture (YYZ Books), the section on postcolonial literature and theory for the Blackwell Companion to English Literature, a section on mystery culture forthcoming in the MLA Approaches to Teaching Asian North American Literature, and numerous articles and essays. She is currently researching and writing a theoretical and practice-oriented examination of literary adaptation for the screen. An alumna of the prestigious Canadian Film Centre, she has directed and produced an experimental short film, and has both other film projects and her original feature-length scripts in different stages of production and development. She was one of three finalists for the Showtime Tony Cox Screenplay Award and has received Ontario Arts Council and Telefilm Canada-Writer's First funding for her screenwriting. She has also earned awards and grants from the Mellon Foundation, SSHRC, the Center for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Rocaberti Writers' Foundation, and has been recognized for her work in the classroom with the University of Guelph Central Student Association’s Teaching Excellence Award. Her scholarly research and teaching interests are varied, and include intersectional studies of race, ethnicity and gender; contemporary cultural theory; 20th and 21st-century anglophone prose fiction; Asian North American cultural studies; and film and media cultures. She has served as member and chair of the Modern Language Association’s Committee on the Literatures of People of Color in the US and Canada, and the Executive Committee of the Division on Women’s Studies in Language and Literature. In 2021, she participated on a panel, "Images Matter: Anti-Asian Racism and Hollywood," sponsored by the Toronto International Film Festival.


  • 2000–present
    Associate professor, University of Guelph