Megan M. Ferry’s interdisciplinary scholarly research and publications are broad-ranging, exploring the media and gender studies in modern China, as well as China-Latin America and China-Africa relations. Professor Ferry received her BA in Asian Studies and German from Mount Holyoke College (Massachusetts, USA) and her MA and Phd in Comparative Literature (Chinese and German) at Washington University in St. Louis (Missouri, USA). She is currently Chair and Professor of Chinese and Asian Studies in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Union College (New York, USA).
Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL) in the Language Classroom: Climate Change and Me, in Education for Sustainable Development in Foreign Language Learning: Content-Based Instruction in College-Level Curricula, Maria J. De la Fuente, editor. Routledge (2021).
Megan Ferry was invited by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Working Languages Group to serve as one of 120 America’s languages fellows because of her expertise in language pedagogy and curricular development. The fellows formation is phase 2 of a project commissioned by a bipartisan group of Congress and outlined in “America’s Languages: Investing in Language Learning for the 21st Century.” The report offers recommendations to improve access to as many languages as possible for people of every age, ethnicity and socioeconomic background. (November, 2020)
“Language as a Pedagogy: Cultural Competency” 8X8: Leaps of Faith: 8 Stories About Cultivating Complex Thinkers For a Messy World. Union College (April 2019)
Chinese Women Writers and Modern Print Culture. Amherst, NY: Cambria Press, 2018. 290 pp. ISBN 9781604979381
A project-based language learning course designed for Chinese Intermediate learners with intermediate- mid/high to advanced-low proficiency. Learners investigate the human effects of climate change in collaboration with the Union College U-Sustain Committee and Chinese students (college or middle school) in order to compare, analyze and address the cultural differences in approaching actions to combat climate change. Available on Pebbles Project-Based Language Learning Repository, National Foreign Language Research Center (NFLRC), Hawai’i, 2018. (Invited)
Union College students in CHN 301 Advanced Chinese-Climate Change and Me work with Limited English Proficiency students on climate action at a local middle school.