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David L. Eng

Richard L. Fisher Professor of English

Fisher-Bennett Hall 212

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On Leave 2015-16

David L. Eng is Richard L. Fisher Professor of English. He is also Professor in the Program in Comparative Literature & Literary Theory, the Program in Asian American Studies, and the Program in Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies. After receiving his B.A. in English from Columbia University and his Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of California at Berkeley, he taught at Columbia and Rutgers before joining Penn in 2007. Eng has held visiting professorships at the University of Bergen (Norway), King's College London, Harvard University, and the University of Hong Kong. He is the recipient of research fellowships from the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and the Mellon Foundation, among others. For 2015-16, he will be a Visiting Fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies. His areas of specialization include American literature, Asian American studies, Asian diaspora, psychoanalysis, critical race theory, queer studies, gender studies, and visual culture.

Eng is author of The Feeling of Kinship: Queer Liberalism and the Racialization of Intimacy (Duke, 2010) and Racial Castration: Managing Masculinity in Asian America (Duke, 2001). He is co-editor with David Kazanjian of Loss: The Politics of Mourning (California, 2003) and with Alice Y. Hom of Q & A: Queer in Asian America (Temple, 1998, winner of a Lambda Literary Award and Association of Asian American Studies Book Award). In addition, 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 Judith 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. He is also completing a co-authored book with Shinhee Han, "A Dialogue on Racial Melancholia," a collection of psychoanalytic case histories and commentaries on Asian immigrants in the diaspora.

At Penn, Eng is a founding convenor of the Faculty Working Group on Race and Empire Studies as well as a member of the Faculty Advisory Board of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies. In 2013-14, he helped to organize a Mellon Sawyer Seminar on "Race, Across Time and Space" sponsored by the Mellon Foundation. Eng is on the Board of Trustees of the Development Fund for the American Studies Association as well as a member of the editorial boards of Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, Queeries: A Journal of Queer Studies, Social Text, and Studies in Gender and Sexuality: Psychoanalysis, Cultural Studies, Treatment, Research. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Asian American Writers' Workshop and a former Chair of the Board of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in New York City.


Doctoral Dissertations Chaired


A. Yumi Lee "Someone Else's War: Korea and the Post-1945 U.S. Racial Order "


Jungha Kim "Trauma of Empire: Violence, Minor Affect, and the Cold War Transpacific"
Sunny Chen Yang "Fictions of Territoriality: Legal and Literary Narratives of US Imperial Contestation Zones, 1844-1914"

Courses Taught

spring 2015

ENGL 272.401 Race and Psychoanalysis  

fall 2014

spring 2014

ENGL 066.001 Literature and Law  

fall 2013

ENGL 705.301 Race, Across Time and Space  

spring 2012

fall 2011

ENGL 799.301 Reparations  

spring 2009

ENGL 094.401 Intro to Literary Theory  
ENGL 765.401 Critical Race Theory  

fall 2008

ENGL 066.401 Literature and Law  

spring 2008

ENGL 066.001 Literature and Law  

fall 2007

ENGL 590.401 Freud and His Commentators