Curriculum Vitae

LIEN FAN SHEN portrait
  • Associate Professor, Film & Media Arts Department



  • BS, Urban Policy and Planning, National Cheng-chi University
  • MFA, Computer Art, School of Visual Art
  • PhD , Art Education, The Ohio State University. Project: THE PLEASURE AND POLITICS OF VIEWING JAPANESE ANIME

Honors & Awards

  • Best Editing . ShanghaiPRIDE Film Festival 2016 Short Film Competition, 06/23/2016
  • Creative and Scholarly Awards in the College of Fine Arts. College of Fine Arts, University of Utah , 06/2014
  • Dee Grant Award, collaborated with Dr. Mamiko Suzuki "Japanese popular culture and anime workshop" . Dee Council , 08/2012
  • Research fellowship award for the project "Ghost Interruption . Center for Interdisciplinary Arts and Technology , 02/2008
  • Teaching diversity issues in art curriculum. Ball State University , 01/2007
  • Annual Best Comic Award of Clair de Lune . 10/2002
  • The Buddha won the Silver Award of digital animation category . COMGRAPH, 08/2002
  • Honorable mention of The Buddha. Asia Digital Art Awards, 08/2002
  • Golden Caldron Awards of Clair de Lune . Taiwanese Government Information Office, 02/2002


Lien Fan SHEN is Associate Professor in the Department of Film and Media Arts at the University of Utah. Shen earned her Ph. D. in Art Education at The Ohio State University and an MFA in Computer Art from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her creative work includes manga, animation, and digital arts. Shen published five manga in Taiwan: Let’s Fall in LoveI’ll be Your Paradise 1-2, and Clair de Lune 1-2Clair de Lune was awarded The Best Romantic Comic in Taiwan. Her animation won several international awards, and her works have been screened and exhibited in Singapore, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Netherlands, and the United States. Her recent animated documentary "Seeing Through the Eyes of Crocodiles" was screened in Bejing Queer Film Festival, Shanghai Pride FIlm Festival, TWIST Seattle Queer Film Festival, and won the Best Editing Award in Shanghai Pride. Shen’s scholarly research focuses on the intersection among pleasure, power, and politics of viewing animation, as well as the subject’s persistent practices in visual fields. Her recent book chapters are: “Traversing Otaku Fantasy: Representation of the Otaku Subject, Gaze, and Fantasy in Otaku no Video,” in Debating Otaku in Contemporary Japan and “The hysterical subject of shojo: The dark, twisted heroines in Revolutionary Girl Utena and Puella Magi Madoka Magica” in Heroines of Film and Television: Portrayals in Popular Culture. Her current project utilizes 3D technology to create ukiyo-e style prints of Utah polluted landscapes.  

In the Media

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Eastern Asia