Jean Amato, PhD

Associate Professor | English and Communication Studies

Business and Liberal Arts Center, Room B603


BA, University of New Hampshire
MA, PhD, University of Oregon

2013-2014 State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching
2015-2016 FIT Faculty Excellence Award


Jean Amato received her PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Oregon. Jean has also studied and conducted graduate research in Mainland China and Taiwan for over six years. Working in Chinese and English, her research centers on theories of nationalism, gender and the ancestral home and homeland in Twentieth Century Chinese, Diasporic and Chinese American Literature and Film. Jean is an Associate Professor in the English and Communications Department and coordinator of the Asian Minor. In 2014, she received the State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Select Publications

“Oxhide II [牛皮二] (2009), Chinese Filmmaker Liu Jiayin’s new geography of the home.” Spaces of the Cinematic House: Behind the Screen Door.  Eds. Fran Pheasant-Kelly, Stella Hockenhull and Eleanor Andrews. New York: Routledge, 2015. 106-120.

“It All Depends on What You Mean by Home: Metaphors of Return in Chinese American Travel Memoirs from the 1980s to 2010s." CoHaB: Diasporic Constructions of Home and Belonging. ed. Florian Klager, Berlin, Boston: Walter De Gruyter, 2015, 427-446.

“Ideological Mappings of Gendered Bodies, Nations and Spaces in Louis Chu’s 1961 Chinatown Novel, Eat a Bowl of Tea.” Ecologies of Seeing. Eds Mark Ledbetter and Asbjørn Grønstad. Cambridge Scholar’s Press (Forthcoming), 2016

 “Relocating Notions of National and Ethnic Authenticity in Chinese American and Chinese Literary Theory through Nieh Hualing's Overseas Chinese Novel, Mulberry and Peach.” Pacific Coast Philology XXXI V.1 (1999): 32-52.

"Helena Kuo." & “Mai-Mai Sze.” Asian American Autobiographers: a bio-bibliographical critical sourcebook. ed. Guiyou Huang. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 2001. 187-91 & 345-49.

“Bette Bao Lord.” “Helena Kuo.” “Lin Tai-yi.” & “Mai-Mai Sze.”  Asian American Novelists: a bio-bibliographical critical sourcebook. ed. Emmanuel S. Nelson. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 2000. 211-13, 172-74, 360-64 & 357-59.


  • EN 121 – Composition
  • EN 231 – Short Fiction
  • EN 232 – Perspectives on American Literature
  • EN 236 – Major Writers of the Western World
  • EN 257 – Major Movements in Japanese, Chinese and Korean Film
  • EN 281 – Chinese Cinema
  • EN 333 – Modern Literature: The Spirit of the Twentieth Century
  • EN 338 – Introduction to Asian American History and Literature
  • EN 353 – Contemporary Chinese Cinema (Honors)
  • EN 371 – Chinese Odyssey: Introduction to Chinese Literature
  • EN 381 – Asian Literature: Regional Selections (Honors)