Claire Stanford, Ph.D., MFA

Assistant Professor
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Claire Stanford is the author of the novel Happy for You (Viking, 2022), which was named a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice. Her fiction and essays have appeared in Black Warrior Review, The Rumpus, Tin House Flash Fridays, Electric Lit, Lit Hub, The Millions, Los Angeles Review of Books, and The American Scholar, among other publications; her scholarship has appeared in Modern Fiction Studies and is forthcoming in the Routledge Handbook of CoFuturisms. She holds an MFA from the University of Minnesota and a PhD in English from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Research interests

  • Asian American studies
  • Creative Writing (fiction)
  • Contemporary literature
  • Science fiction studies


Happy for You, Viking, 2022


  • Ph.D., English, University of California, Los Angeles, 2022
  • MFA, Creative Writing (Fiction), University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2012
  • B.A., English, Yale, 2006