Gish Jen

Gish Jen

Visiting Professor in English
Gish Jen

Education: B.A., Harvard University (1977)

M.F.A., Iowa Writers’ Workshop (1983)


Interests: Fiction Writing, Immigration, Cultural Difference, Remaking America


Gish Jen has worked to expand the world of fiction throughout her career. Her short stories have appeared in The Best American Short Stories four times, including The Best American Short Stories of the Century. She has published in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, and other publications, and has garnered Radcliffe, Guggenheim, NEA, and Fulbright fellowships, as well as a Lannan Literary Award for Fiction and a Mildred and Harold Strauss Living Award. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2009, she delivered the Massey Lectures at Harvard in 2012 and has been a clue in both the Wall Street Journal and New York Times crossword puzzles.


Selected Works:


Fiction: Typical American (Houghton Mifflin 1991); Mona in the Promised Land (Knopf 1995); Who’s Irish? (Knopf 1998); The Love Wife (Knopf 2005); World and Town (Knopf 2010); The Resisters (Knopf 2020); I, Autohouse (Audible Originals 2021); Thank You, Mr. Nixon (Knopf in press).


Nonfiction: Tiger Writing: Art, Culture, and the Interdependent Self (Harvard U Press 2013); The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture Gap (Knopf 2017).




Having dropped out of Stanford Business School to become a writer, I am particularly sympathetic to conflicted children of immigrants. As a basic interested human, though, I warmly welcome conversation with all.




(Photo Credit: Basso Cannarsa)


Contact Information

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