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David Shih, Ph.D.

David Shih
  • Professor
  • English

David Shih has been faculty in the Department of English at UW-Eau Claire since 1999. He is also an affiliate of the Department of Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. He teaches courses in Asian American literature, early American literature, critical studies, and rhetoric and composition. His most recent publications bring these interests to the general public, appearing in the New York Times, NPR’s Code Switch, Inside Higher Ed, and Electric Literature. His book Chinese Prodigal: A Memoir in Eight Arguments (2023) is available from Atlantic Monthly Press. He regularly presents on issues related to equity, diversity, and inclusion in higher education to local, regional, and national audiences. He is UW-Eau Claire’s first EDI Fellow and the university’s first recipient of its Excellence in EDI Award. He has been awarded the Office of Multicultural Affairs’ Distinguished Service Award and UW-Eau Claire’s MLK Jr.’s Social Justice Leadership Award.

Teaching Interests
  • Asian American literature
  • Early American literature
  • Critical Studies
  • Affiliate, Department of Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (Critical Hmong Studies)
Research and Creative Activities
  • Asian American Studies
  • Critical Studies
  • Critical Hmong Studies
  • Creative Writing 
  • Ph.D., University of Michigan (English)
  • M.F.A., University of Oregon (Creative Writing)