Cassandra Y. Olsen

PhD Candidate


Areas of Interest

  • Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS)
  • Asian American Literature
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Queer Theory
  • Psychoanalytic Theory


Cassandra Y. Olsen is a PhD candidate in English and holds an HBSc and MA from the University of Toronto. Cassandra works with twentieth- and twenty-first century multi-ethnic literatures of the United States and has research interests in queer, psychoanalytic, and critical race theories.

List of Publications

"Descent of the Human: Racialized Animality, Queer Intimacy, and Evolutionary Theory in Larissa Lai's Salt Fish Girl." Studies in Canadian Literature, 46.1, January 31, 2022. pp. 145-165.