Lan Dong is Associate Professor of English and Louise Hartman Schewe and Karl Schewe Endowed Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois Springfield where she teaches Asian American Literature, Comics and Graphic Narratives, and Children’s and Young Adult Literature. She is the author Mulan’s Legend and Legacy in China and the United States and Reading Amy Tan, and the editor of Transnationalism and the Asian American Heroine, Teaching Comics and Graphic Narratives and Asian American Culture: From Anime to Tiger Moms. Currently she is working on a project on comics and Asian American experience.

Lan’s term with the forum is from 2017 to 2022.