Gish Jen has written about topics ranging from artificial intelligence to immigration to baseball. Often concerned with the conflicts, nuances and complexities of the American experience in her fiction, she has chiefly used her nonfiction to explore global cultural divides. To both she has brought depth, breadth, heart, and humor. Her writing has earned her a Lannan Award for Literature, and a Mildred and Harold Strauss Living from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, among other honors; it has been included in The Best American Short Stories five times, including The Best American Short Stories of the Century. Jen has represented the U.S. Department of State in Turkey, Armenia, Japan, China, Egypt, Serbia, and Israel. As a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, she currently serves on both the International Affairs Committee and the Commission on the Arts.
Jen was elected to the Board in 2022. She is a member of the Budget and Compensation and Institutional Policy Committees.