Chris Chan is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (from 2021 to 2024) in the Department of Literary Studies at Ghent University (Belgium). Prior to joining UGent, he 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, was a co-winner of the Penn English Department's Diane Hunter Dissertation Prize; an article drawn from one chapter of the project, entitled "Anne Finch's 'Contemn'd Retreat' and the Politics of Lyric," was also published in the spring 2020 issue of Eighteenth-Century Studies. His doctoral 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).