Ph.D., 2014, University of California, Los Angeles
Fuson Wang (B.A., B.S. Stanford University; M.A., Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles) specializes in British Romantic literature and the medical humanities. Having received undergraduate degrees in both mathematics and English literature, Fuson tends to approach literary studies with a consciously interdisciplinary orientation. His current book project, a literary historical account of smallpox vaccination, contends that the disease’s eventual eradication in 1980 was as much a triumph of the literary imagination as it was an achievement of medical Enlightenment science. Using archival materials from the Huntington Library in San Marino, the project reconstructs the medico-literary culture that made such a discovery possible. His work has appeared in various venues, including European Romantic Review, Nineteenth-Century Contexts, Women’s Writing, and Eighteenth-Century Fiction.