Sue Shon


  • Ph.D., English, University of Washington
  • M.A., Art History, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • B.A., English and Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests:

Her primary areas of specialization are visual culture, critical race theory, and American literature and culture. She is working on a book project, Visual Literacy and the Making of Racial Sense, which examines how race acquired a visual feel through the aesthetic structuring of modern vision.

Publications and Current Projects:

  • “The Skyscraper’s Unseeing Eyes: Louis Sullivan, Nella Larsen, and Racial Formalism,”American Literature 89.3 (September 2017): 439-462
  • “Runaway Slave Portraiture, Aesthetic Judgment, and the Emergence of Racial Visuality,” article in progress 
  • Visual Literacy and the Making of Racial Sense, monograph in progress

Courses Taught:

  • English 116: Perspectives on Film (Introduction to Film Studies)
  • English 244: Literature and Culture (Literature in the World: Nation, Empire, and Racial Capitalism)
  • English 302: Theory and Criticism (Introduction to Critical Theory: Undisciplining Literary Studies)
  • English 328: Literature of Science Fiction and Fantasy (The Critical Race Theory of Speculative and Science Fiction)
  • English 4/517 & Gender and Sexuality Studies 4/550: Advanced Studies in Critical Theory (Black and Chicana Feminisms: Politics, Philosophy, Aesthetics)
  • English 4/569: Advanced Studies in American Literature (The Afterlives of Slavery in American Literature and Visual Culture)
 Contact: or visit Dr. Shon’s Personal Website

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