Yu-Yun Hsieh

Writing Associate

Yu-Yun Hsieh holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the Graduate Center, CUNY. Currently an adjunct assistant professor at Cooper Union and Baruch College, she has taught at Hunter College. Her research interests include transnational American studies, comparative literature, film studies, adaptation and translation. Her work has appeared in Times Literary Supplement, The New York Times Book Review, World Literature Today, among others. Her Chinese translation of Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49 was published in 2014. She is a former fiction fellow of the Writers’ Institute at The Graduate Center. 

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.