Charissa Che

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Charissa Che

Assistant Professor of English 


Office: H-324
Office Phone: 718-631-6302



Ph.D., Writing and Rhetoric Studies, University of Utah, 2019.

M.A., English, College of Staten Island, CUNY, 2013​

B.A., English, Pace University, 2009.

Teaching and Research: 

A New York City native and CUNY alum, I joined Queensborough Community College in the fall of 2019. My research and teaching interests lie in translingualism, cultural rhetorics, composition pedagogy, and Writing Across the Curriculum. I specialize in the acculturative experiences of Asian and Asian American students in U.S. higher education: specifically, how race, language, class, and religion intersect to shape one's sense of identity and culture. 
Prior to teaching at QCC, I have taught first-year writing and upper-division courses in Writing and Rhetoric, worked as a Writing Fellow at the Writing Center, and served an embedded Research and Writing Assistant in the School of Engineering, at the University of Utah. I got my start as an instructor at the College of Staten Island (CUNY), where I taught English as a Second Language.
While pursuing my academic career, I spent over fifteen years in digital, broadcast, and print journalism as a writer and photographer. I have contributed to outlets including PIX-11 News, Global Rhythm Magazine, SOUNDS Magazine, and Salt Lake Magazine.



“The Mirror, the Canvas, and a Case for Anger: Why Asian American Stories Matter.” Writing on

the Edge. 2018.

“Revising ‘Home’: The Gift of International Student Perspectives.” English Language Institute

Student Journeys. Parlor Press. 2018.

Co-author, “A Stitch in Time and Frequency Synchronization Saves Bandwidth.” Proceedings of

the 17th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks

(ISPN). 2018.


PSC CUNY Research Award, 2020
Chairs’ Memorial Scholarship, Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), 2019
Scholars for the Dream Award, Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), 2018
Excellence in Graduate Student Writing Award, Department of Writing and Rhetoric Studies, University of Utah, 2016
Earl Jacobs Memorial Award in English, The College of Staten Island (CUNY), 2013

Campus Cultural Centers

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Kupferberg Holocaust Center Opens in a new window

The KHC uses the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

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QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

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QCC Art Gallery

The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.