College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Lise-Hélène Smith

Associate Professor | World Literature
Ph.D. UC Davis
Graduate Coordinator

Lise-Hélène Smith is Associate Professor of World Literature and Graduate Coordinator at Cal Poly Pomona in Pomona, CA. She received her doctorate in Comparative Literature from UC Davis in 2005.  Her research interests include exile, hybridity, and migration as linked to race and gender in the Southeast Asian diaspora, as well as in Francophone and colonial/postcolonial literatures. She has co-edited a collection of essays titled Reflections: Research Beyond Borders on conducting research abroad in a culturally and ethically sensitive manner. This interdisciplinary book sets out to reassess Western-based research practices and presents self-reflexive narratives on research experiences around the globe.

Selected Publications

  • “The Disillusion of Linda Lê:  Defining the Vietnamese Diaspora in France.” French Forum.  35:1 (Winter 2010).
  • “De Deuil à mélancolie: Regard de Gide sur une Afrique orientalisée dans Voyage au Congo.” Nouvelles Etudes Francophones. 25:2 (Fall 2010).
  • “Redefining Homeland in Vietnamese Overseas Narratives” in Dimensions of International Migration. Eds. Paivi Hoikkala and Dorothy D. Wills. Cambridge Scholars Publishing Company: Newcastle, UK, 2011.
  • Reflections: Research Beyond Borders. Eds. Lise-Hélène Smith and Anjana Narayan. Lexington Books: Lanham, Maryland, 2012. Paperback edition, 2013.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Smith’s teaching interests include World Literature; Great Books of the East and West; Colonial and Postcolonial Studies; Southeast Asian literature; The Vietnamese Diaspora; Francophone Literature and Film; Multiethnic Literature in North America; Nationalism, Migration and Displacement; War and Trauma; Asian Diasporic Literature; Race and Gender Studies; and Critical Theory.

Course Information

ENG 110--First-Year Composition
ENG 213--Multiethnic Literatures of the United States
ENG 217--World Literature I
ENG 218--World Literature II
ENG 333--The Novel in the Modern World
ENG 334--Colonial and Postcolonial Literatures
ENG 425--Literature of Exile
ENG 541--World Literature: Narratives of War and Migration
ENG 542--Topics in World Literature: Postcolonial Literature and Theory
ENG 531--Multiethnic Literatures of the United States.