Lin Chen

Lin Chen (陈麟)
Senior Lecturer

Lin Chen is a Senior Lecturer in the Writing Program at NYU Shanghai. Prior to this appointment, he developed, taught, and assisted in teaching a wide variety of composition and writing-intensive literature courses at the University of Washington and the University of California, Riverside. He holds a PhD from the University of Washington, an MA from the University of California, Riverside, and a BA from Fudan University in Shanghai, China.

Chen’s primary area of specialization is English poetry, especially that of the Romantic period. Trained, however, as a comparatist, his interests and expertise extend well beyond British borders and the early-19th century. His dissertation, “Tao Yuanming and William Wordsworth: A Parallel Study,” for example, demonstrates his ability to straddle the divide between the literary traditions of China and the West.




  • PhD, Comparative Literature
    University of Washington
  • MA, Comparative Literature
    University of California, Riverside

Research Interests

  • British Romanticism
  • Post-Enlightenment Western literature
  • Traditional Chinese poetry and poetics
  • Literary theory
  • Rhetoric and composition

Courses Taught

  • Global Perspectives on Culture - Workshop
  • Perspectives on the Humanities: Encounters with the Literary Hero
  • Perspectives on the Humanities: Sino-Western Literary Exchanges
  • Writing as Inquiry (Writing I)