Christine Xiong

B.A. (Hon.), University of British Columbia, 2020

Christine Xiong (she/hers/她) is a Ph.D. Candidate in English at Stanford University. Her dissertation research bridges the environmental humanities with Asian American critique, exploring Pacific Ocean ecologies in Asian diaspora literatures and cultural forms. Other areas of interest include intra-Asian comparative literatures; science fiction; queer of colour critique; transpacific cinema and theatre. She hails from Changsha, Hunan, China and the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples, colonially known as Vancouver.


At Stanford, Christine serves as the GradLife coordinator for the Asian American Activities Center (A3C); the Graduate Co-Chair of the Stanford Humanities Center’s Research Workshop, Postcolonial Spatialities; research assistant for Stanford Global Studies’ Oceanic Imaginaries project, funded by the Humanities Seed Grant; co-curator of the Stanford Humanities Center Arcade Colloquy, Queer Transpacifics; and co-organizer for the SPICE-funded Transpacific Studies Working Group. She has previously served as co-chair of the English Graduate Student Council (EGSC) and on the graduate student council for the Stanford Humanities Center’s Blokker Research Workshop, Arts + Justice.


As a teacher, Christine is committed to pedagogy as learning partnership and to the classroom as a reciprocal, joyful, and intellectually explorative space for community. She serves as graduate mentor for English Honours thesis writers, graduate mentor for Chappell-Lougee scholars, and is teaching a Writing Intensive Seminar in English (WISE) course titled “Queer(ing) Asian American Literature” as instructor of record in Fall 2023. Any and all questions about research, mentorship, graduate school, and community involvement are always welcome.



Xiong, Christine. “Rethinking the Cyborg in Chen Qiufan’s Waste Tide.” Foundation: An International Review of Science Fiction, vol. 139, no. 50.2, Special Issue: Decolonizing Science Fiction, 2021, pp. 75-89.


Research Interests

Postcolonial studies; Ecocriticism; World Literature