Professor of English and Interim Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Letters, Wenying Xu received her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1994. She teaches American literature, Asian American Literature, and critical theories. She has authored two books: Eating Identities: Reading Food in Asian American Literature (Univ. of Hawaii Press, 2008) andEthics and Aesthetics of Freedom in American and Chinese Realism (Mellen, 2003). Her essays have appeared in numerous journals such as Cultural Critique, boundary 2, LIT, South Asian review, Journal of Contemporary Literature, Victorian Literature and Culture
, Modern Language Studies, MELUS, etc. She has published stories in Prairie Schooner, Room of One's Own, Sistersong, and American Intercultural Magazine. Between 2002 and 2006, she served as Vice President/Program Chair of MELUS, and she is President of MELUS from 2009 through 2012. In 2002 she received a Fulbright lectureship to China.