Jung Yun

Jung Yun

Jung Yun

Associate Professor of English



Professor Yun is the recipient of the Baker Award for Literary Arts, sponsored by the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance; a Rubys Award from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation; Individual Artist Fellowships from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council; and artist residencies from MacDowell, Ucross, and the Virginia Center for the Arts, among others.

O BEAUTIFUL (St. Martin’s Press, 2021) was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and Group Text selection, as well as a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2021. And SHELTER (Picador, 2016) was long-listed for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize and a finalist for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award.

Contemporary literature, immigrant narratives

Professor Yun’s fiction explores the intersections of race, class, and gender in contemporary American society. She is particularly interested in the effects of immigration, cultural assimilation, violence and trauma, family dysfunction, and the mythological qualities of the American Dream. 

Introduction to Creative Writing, introductory through advanced fiction


O Beautiful (New York: St. Martin’s, 2021).

Shelter (New York: Picador, 2016).

Other Publications

Short fiction in the Massachusetts Review, Tin House, the Indiana Review, and the Best of Tin House: Stories. Creative non-fiction and reviews in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Lit Hub. Scholarly articles on mentoring and faculty development in Innovative Higher Education and the Washington Post, the NEA Higher Education Advocate.

M.F.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2007

M.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1996

B.A., Vassar College, 1994