Asian American Studies Lecture Series: David L. Eng

Sep 27, 2018, 4:30 pm6:00 pm
East Pyne Hall, Room 010



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David Eng

David L. Eng

David L. Eng is the Richard L. Fisher Professor of English, and graduate chair of the Department of English of the University of Pennsylvania. He is also professor in the Program in Asian American Studies, the Program in Comparative Literature & Literary Theory, and the Program in Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies. He received his B.A. in English from Columbia University and his Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of California, Berkeley, and has taught at Columbia and Rutgers. He joined the University of Pennsylvania in 2007. He is the recipient of research fellowships from the Institute for Advanced Study, the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, and the Mellon Foundation, among others. His areas of specialization include American literature, Asian American studies, Asian diaspora, critical race theory, psychoanalysis, queer studies, gender studies, and visual culture.

Eng is author with Shinhee Han of Racial Melancholia, Racial Dissociation: On the Social and Psychic Lives of Asian Americans (Duke University Press, forthcoming 2018), The Feeling of Kinship: Queer Liberalism and the Racialization of Intimacy (Duke University Press, 2010), and Racial Castration: Managing Masculinity in Asian America (Duke University Press, 2001). He is co-editor with David Kazanjian of Loss: The Politics of Mourning (University of California Press, 2003) and with Alice Y. Hom of Q & A: Queer in Asian America (Temple University Press, 1998, winner of a Lambda Literary Award and Association of Asian American Studies Book Award). He is co-editor of two special issues of the journal Social Text: with Teemu Ruskola and Shuang Shen, “China and the Human” (2011/2012), and with, Jack Halberstam and José Esteban Muñoz, “What's Queer about Queer Studies Now?” (2005). His current book project, “Reparations and the Human,” investigates the relationship between political and psychic genealogies of reparation in Cold War Asia.



  • Program in American Studies
  • Department of English
  • Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies