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Chris Chan

Chris Chan


BA in English and chemistry, summa cum laude, Rutgers University (2013)

MA in English, University of Pennsylvania (2015)


Chris Chan teaches and conducts research at Penn across the fields of eighteenth-century literature and culture, poetry and poetics, and the history of literary criticism. His dissertation, Communal Lyricisms and the Lyricization of English Poetry, 1650–1790, traces the social, political, and material conditions that fueled the "rise" of modern lyric theory and practice across the long eighteenth century. His research has been funded by a Benjamin Franklin Fellowship at Penn, and a Predoctoral Fellowship at the UCLA–Clark Library.

At Penn, Chris has served as a co-coordinator of the Restoration-to-Victorian Studies working group, which regularly invites scholars from the Delaware Valley and beyond to present their most recent work. He also has professional experience in analytical chemistry, pharmaceuticals, copyediting, writing pedagogy, and higher-ed consultancy (see LinkedIn for details).

Courses Taught

fall 2019

ENGL 040.301 British Poetry 1660-1914  

spring 2019

ENGL 060.001 The Rise of the Novel  

fall 2017

ENGL 200.301 The English Lyric