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Jun Xu, Ph.D


Jun holds a Ph. D in Language and Rhetoric from the English Department at the University of Washington. Her dissertation was titled “Where Knowledge Thrives: The Role of the Metaphorical in Scientific Process,” the writing of which was supported by an Alvord Dissertation Fellowship. Her Master’s degree essay, “Austen’s Fans and Fans’ Austen,” was awarded the Himmelman Graduate Award and published in the Journal of Literary Semantics.

Jun holds another Ph. D degree in bio-organic chemistry from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Washington.  She also had worked as a postdoctoral fellow for one and a half years, first in bio-organic chemistry and then pharmaceutics.  Concerning bacterial genomes, the mechanisms of bacterial antibiotic production, the causes of antibiotic resistance, and the alterations of antibiotic structures through organic synthesis and gene manipulation, her research led to twelve articles published in the Journal of American Chemistry Society, Microbiology, Journal of Organic Chemistry, and other scientific journals.

Jun devotes her research to the intersection of science and the humanities through interdisciplinary studies.  As a writing teacher, she has been developing STEM writing courses on various levels, while steering academic writing to civic engagement through teaching argumentation in the courses such as ENGL092, ENGL093, ENGL&101 and ENGL201. She also teaches technical writing to equip students with professional skills.