Jerrine Tan

Visiting Lecturer in English
Global Anglophone literature

Jerrine Tan received her bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley and her doctorate from Brown University. She has presented widely at several conferences, including the Modern Language Association, English Language and Literature Association of Korea (ELLAK) and Summer School for Sexualities, Cultures, and Politics (SSSCP). She has also worked as a translator on an advanced Chinese textbook, “China in Depth,” (Peking University Press). Her international approach to research has been supported by various international fellowships. Her research on Kazuo Ishiguro in Shanghai at Fudan University was enabled by the Fudan University Graduate Research Fellowship. An interdisciplinary fellowship from the Brown Graduate School gave Tan the opportunity to gain professional experience as an assistant editor at “differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies.” She also worked as an editorial assistant for “NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction.” Tan was a graduate representative in her department for six years and served on the Graduate Student Council as International Graduate Student Advocate.

Recent Campus News

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BOOM! 2021

BOOM, Mount Holyoke’s 2021 diversity, equity and inclusion learning symposium featured an unprecedented roster of events and panels dedicated to justice.

Jerrine Tan

No more gaslighting anti-Asian hate

Jerrine Tan, visiting lecturer in English at Mount Holyoke, writes for Wired magazine about her 14 years of second-guessing the racism directed at her.

Jerrine Tan

“Karen” figures and “Three Billboards”

Mount Holyoke’s Jerrine Tan explores toxic white feminism and intersectionality in her essay about “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” 

Jerrine Tan

The cyperpunk future is here.

Visiting Lecturer Jerrine Tan considers the promise of cyberpunk literature and the reality of contemporary Singapore.

Recent Mentions in the Media


Recent Grants

Awarded a grant from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation for the project "Research on Nobel Prize-Winning Southern African Authors Writing on Apartheid" The project is for 2 years. (2020)

Recent Publications

Tan, J. (2021, May 10). "Chang-Rae Lee's Global Novel."

Tan, J. (2021, May 23). “Watching A Life On Our Planet, or How I Ruined David Attenborough For Myself”.

Tan, J. (13 April 2021). "The World Imagined". New Filmic Geographies. Post 45 Contemporaries.

Tan, J. (2021). Screening Japan: Kazuo Ishiguro's Early Japan Novels and the Way We Read World Literature. MFS Modern Fiction Studies 67(1), 89-122. doi:10.1353/mfs.2021.0004.

Tan, J. (2021, January). "Fungibility and The Meaninglessness of Exchange: Indentured Labor in Yeo Siew Hua's A Land Imagined 幻土". Modern Language Association Conference 2021.

Recent Honors

Commented on the recent Covid-19 Hate Crimes Act for The Straits Times.

Was interviewed for the Asian Insider program hosted by The Straits Times in Singapore about anti-Asian racism.

Conducted a workshop for students at Yale-NUS College in Singapore on how to pitch an op-ed on 5 February 2021.

Presented a paper titled "The Yellow Robot: Race, Fembots, and Sexuality in Ex Machina" at the Yale-NUS college Works-in-Progress series on 17 February 2021.