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Yu Yin Isabella To Department of Comparative Literature

(607) 232-1575 Library Tower 1503 Binghamton, NY 13902
Yto1@binghamton.edu Binghamton University (SUNY)

EDUCATION
PhD Comparative Literature, Binghamton University, State University of New York,
Present

Dissertation: Not Even A God Can Save Us Now: The Problem of the Secular in Flannery
O’Connor, Marilynne Robinson, and J.D. Salinger

Dissertation Chair: Brett Levinson, Committee Members: William Haver, Zoja-
Pavlovskis-Petit

MA Comparative Literature, Binghamton University, State University of New York, 2013

BA English and Philosophy, Johnston Center for Integrative Studies, University of
Redlands, 2009

AREA OF SPECIALIZATION & RESEARCH INTERESTS
Modern and Contemporary Literature with an emphasis on the topic of the Secular; World Literature;
Digital Humanities & Pedagogy

AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS
Excellence in Teaching Award, Binghamton University, 2014-15

Dissertation Year Fellowship, Department of Comparative Literature, Binghamton University, 2014-15

Full Tuition Scholarship, Department of Comparative Literature, Binghamton University, 2009 – 2014

Nominated for Excellence in Service Award, Binghamton University, 2012-13

TEACHING
Instructor of Record, Department of Comparative Literature, Binghamton University, 2009 - 2014
Responsibilities: Design course, create syllabi, write research, reading, and writing
assignments, grade essays, lecture, and facilitate discussions fulfilling 200 -level General
Education requirements for (H)umanities, (C)omposition, and (W)riting courses.

Courses taught
Literature and Psychology: Fall 2013
Literature and Society: Spring 2013, Fall 2012, Spring 2011, Fall 2010, Spring 2010, Spring 2014
World Literature II: Spring 2012
World Literature I: Fall 2009 and Fall 2011

Courses taught online via Blackboard
Graduate School and Job Application: Winter 2012
Literature and Popular Culture: Summer 2011

CONFERENCE PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS

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“Adversarial Design as Multimodal Process: The Digital Manifesto Archive & @DHManifeso_Bot”,
special session, digital roundtable, MLA January 2017

“The Digital Humanities and The Archive”, MLA, January 2016

“Not Even A God Can Save Us Now: The Value of Literature in an Unbelieving Age”, Secular Religion,
Sacred Literature, Le Moyne College, Octotober 2015

“Flannery O’Connor and the Politics of Faith”, The Flannery O’Connor Society, SAMLA, November 2014

“Glass Stories Reconsidered: Salinger’s Nonsectarian Pedagogy”, Annual Speaker Series, Comparative
Literature Department at Binghamton University, March 2014

“Salinger and the Ethics of Reading”, Religion and Literature: The Return of the Text Conference, Le
Moyne College, September 2013

“Literary Criticism and the Postsecular”, Comparative Studies at Ohio State University, February 2013

“Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony and the Sacred Landscape”, PAMLA, Seattle University, November
2012

“Marilynne Robinson responds to the Postsecular”, Religion, Literature, and the Arts Conference,
University of Iowa, August 2012

DIGITAL PROJECTS
Co-creator & Administrator of The Digital Manifesto Archive, hosted by Omeka, 2014-2017
<https://digitalmanifesto.net/>

Video Interviews 2014-2015
Dr. Jeffrey Schnapp, Romance Languages & Literature @ Harvard University,
Co-Director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DrfiAuI4Og

Dr. Yuk Hui, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for Digital Cultures at Leuphana
Universität Lüneburg: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsCaXWejPcU

Rosa Menkman, Glitch Artist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeJYwBxw73U

Dr. MeKenzie Wark, Professor of Culture and Media in Liberal Studies at The New School for
Social Research: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dc9BD35YUSs

Written Interview 2015
Dr. Geert Lovink, Research Professor of Interactive Media at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam
and Professor Media Theory at the European Graduate School:
digitalmanifesto.net/LovinikDMAinterview.pdf

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Invited Speaker of Binghamton University’s Teaching Assistant Orientation, August 2015

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Creator of the COLI Grad blackboard page. I create and compile teaching and professionalization
resources for graduate students.

Organizer and facilitator of the Annual Teaching Pedagogy Workshop Series, 2013-2014. Topics include
“Teaching Philosophy” and “Syllabi Construction”.

Conference organizer, Literature Politics, and Aesthetics: The Production of Knowledge and the Future of the
University. Binghamton University Comparative Literature Graduate Conference. March 2013.

Conference organizer, Forms of Life. Binghamton University Comparative Literature Conference. March
2012.

SERVICE
Web Representative of the Department of Comparative literature Graduate Student Organization
(COLI GSO), Binghamton University, 2014-15

President of COLI GSO, Binghamton University, 2012 – 2013

Senator Representative of the larger Binghamton University Graduate Student Organization (GSO),
Binghamton University, 2010 – 2011

AFFILIATIONS
Modern Language Association (MLA)
Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA)
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)
South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)

LANGUAGES
Native Reading and Writing ability: Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), English
Beginner: Spanish

REFERENCES
Brett Levinson
Professor of Comparative Literature, Co-Director PLC (Philosophy, Literature and the Theory of
Criticism)
Binghamton University
Phone: 607-777.4962
Email: blevins@binghamton.edu

William Haver
Emeritus Professor of Comparative Literature
Binghamton University
Phone: 607-777.3327
Email: zenvampires@yahoo.com

Zoja Pavlovskis-Petit
Professor of Comparative Literature
Binghamton University
Phone: 607-777.6031
Email: zppetit@binghamton.edu

Luiza Franco Moreira

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Chair and Professor of Comparative Literature, Director of Graduate Studies
Binghamton University
Phone: 607-777-3673
Email: lmoreira@binghamton.edu

Gisela Brinker-Gabler
Professor of Comparative Literature
Binghamton University
Phone: 607-777.2890
Email: gbrinker@binghamton.edu

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