Amy N Bangerter

Amy N Bangerter

Amy N Bangerter

Adjunct Faculty

American Studies and Asian American Studies: migration and diaspora, cross-cultural studies, cultural geography, folklore, global transnational issues, regionalism, religion; teaching pedagogy

I received my PhD in American Literature with a specialty in Asian American Literature from The George Washington University in 2005. 

I have been privileged to live and teach in international settings including The American University in Dubai and the Kachin Refugee School in Malaysia where I helped prepare Chinh refugees from Myanmar to take and pass English college entrance examinations. My teaching experience in the United States includes work at the following universities: Georgetown University, The George Washington University, Brigham Young University, and George Mason University where I am currently employed.

My dissertation examined the intricacies of gender, race, and class in the historical phenomenon of Chinese students attending American educational institutions during the rise of anti-Chinese sentiment, 1850-1881. I contributed a chapter in the book Asian Americans in New England, entitled, “The New Englandization of Yung Wing,” an examination of how region shapes American immigrant identity, edited by Monica Chiu and published by University of New Hampshire Press, 2009. 

While my formal training has been in literature analysis, I find my research interests are usually more focused on issues important to the American Studies discipline. Moving forward, I am interested in pursuing knowledge in migration studies in order to understand and help solve problems both theoretical and practical. I am hoping to use my Mandarin language skills as I investigate patterns of Chinese migration and diaspora, particularly in relation to the United States and also around the European continent. 

Current Research

I am currently working on a paper examining the prolific writings of Chieko N. Okazaki, an Asian American woman who held leadership positions in the Mormon Church for many years during the 1960s and the 1990s. 

Selected Publications

Bangerter, Amy. "The New Englandization of Yung Wing: Family, Nation, Region." Asian Americans in New England: Culture and Community, ed. Monica Chiu,  University of New Hampshire Press, 2009, 42-65. 

Courses Taught

At university I have taught first-year composition courses, Honors composition courses, advanced research writing courses, American Literature overview courses, and Asian American studies courses. 

In the community I have taught teacher development courses for a local church group, English classes for ESL students in Taiwan, and prepared students to sit for the Cambridge English Qualification Examination in Malaysia.

At George Mason I am currently teaching section 21 of 302N: Advanced Composition.


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), American Literature: sp. Asian American Literature

The George Washington University, Washington, DC, May 2005

Dissertation: Chinese Youth and American Educational Institutions, 1850-1881


Master of Arts (MA), English 

Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, August 1998  

Thesis: Cross-Cultural Conversion Narratives: An American MIssionary in Taichung, Taiwan


Bachelor of Arts (BA), English
Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, August 1995

Honors: cum laude

Recent Presentations

Bangerter, Amy Nelson.  “Using Kahoot in the University Classroom.”  GMU Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference, September 2017.