Asian Pacific American studies

David Palumbo-Liu

portrait: David Palumbo-Liu

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Phone: 650 725 4915

Curriculum Vitae: 

David Palumbo-Liu’s fields of interest include social and cultural criticism, literary theory and criticism, East Asian and Asia Pacific American studies. His most recent book, The Deliverance of Others: Reading Literature in a Global Age (Duke, 2012) addresses the role of contemporary humanistic literature with regard to the instruments and discourses of globalization, seeking to discover modes of affiliation and transnational ethical thinking; he is also co-editor with Bruce Robbins and Nirvana Tanoukhi of Immanuel Wallerstein and the Problem of the World: System, Scale, Culture (Duke, 2011).  Palumbo-Liu is most interested in issues regarding social theory, community, race and ethnicity, justice, globalization, ecology, and the specific role that literature and the humanities play in helping us address each of these areas.  He is the founding editor of Occasion: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities (found on Arcade) and blogs for Truthout, The Boston Review, The Huffington Post, and Al Jazeera America. He is also a Contributing Editor for the Los Angeles Review of Books and on the HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science & Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) Steering Committee and the Academic Steering and Advocacy Committee of the Open Library of the Humanities.

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1988: Ph.D. (Comparative Literature), University of California, Berkeley

Professional Activities: 

Contributing Editor, Los Angeles Review of Books

Steering Committee, HASTAC

Academic Steering and Advocacy Committe, Open Library of Humanities

Blogs in Truthout, Arcade, Boston Review, Los Angeles Review of Books

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