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Shan Ruan

Shan Ruan

Shan Ruan

Graduate Research Associate


555 Denney Hall
164 Annie and John Glenn Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Narrative
  • Medical Humanities


  • Ph.D., English, The Ohio State University, 2023
  • MPhil (Ibsen Studies), University of Oslo, 2017
  • BA, English, Fudan University, 2013

Born in Wuhan, China, and educated in Shanghai as well as Oslo, Norway, Shan came to THE Ohio State University, Autumn 2018. Her research interest lies in Post-1945 English literature, narrative studies, and medical humanities. She is also interested in studying narrative theory's application in various forms of artistic expression besides literature. Shan earned her Ph.D. degree in English, December 2023, and has been serving as a graduate member of Project Narrative. 

During the pandemic, Shan won the Sheldon Sacks (now the Brian McHale) Award for best essay in narrative studies from the English Department. In 2023, she got accepted for publication of her two recent pieces, one academic and one creative, by the journal Translingual.


Selected Publications

  • "Storytelling as Alternative Care for Spinocerebellar Patients and Families." Translingual, vol. 2, no. 1, 2023, pp. 19-27.
  • "Fireflies." Translingual, vol. 2, no. 1, 2023, p. 53.


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