Chris Chan received his B.A. (hons., summa cum laude) in English and chemistry from Rutgers University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English from Penn. 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. (An article drawn from one chapter of the project, entitled "Anne Finch's 'Contemn'd Retreat' and the Politics of Lyric," was published in the spring 2020 issue of Eighteenth-Century Studies.) His research was funded by a Benjamin Franklin Fellowship at Penn, and a Predoctoral Fellowship at the UCLA–Clark Library.
At Penn, Chris also 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 previous professional experience in analytical chemistry, pharmaceuticals, copyediting, writing pedagogy, and higher-ed consultancy (see LinkedIn for details).