UMass Boston

Susan Tan

Assistant Professor


PhD, University of Cambridge
MPhil, University of Cambridge
BA, Williams College

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Awards and Honors


  • 2019 New England Book Award Finalist
  • 2017 Asian/Pacific American Library Association Children’s Honor Award
  • 2017 Workshop Fellow at Tent: Children’s Literature, Sponsored by the Yiddish Book Center, Amherst. Weeklong retreat for emerging Jewish authors
  • 2015 Gish Jen Emerging Writers Fellow, Writers’ Room of Boston                                            


  • 2011 Jacqueline Wilson Award, University of Cambridge
  • 2011 Shortlisted for United Kingdom Literacy Association Student Research Award 
  • 2011 MPhil Distinction, University of Cambridge

Courses Taught

  • English 200 Introduction to Literary Studies
  • English 303 Creative Writing for Children
  • English 335 Children’s Literature
  • English 371 Young Adult Literature 
  • English 379 Special Topics: The Evil Child in Children’s and Young Adult Literature
  • English 273G The Art of Fiction 
  • English 262G The Art of Literature