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David Palumbo-Liu

Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor

Professor of Comparative Literature and, by courtesy, English

Chair of Undergraduate Studies, Comparative Literature


David Palumbo-Liu’s fields of interest include social and cultural criticism, literary theory and criticism, and studies in race and ethnicity. 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, human rights, globalization, ecology, and the specific role that literature and the humanities play in helping us address each of these areas.

With Prof. James Cavallaro of Stanford Law School he started the interactive human rights website, Teaching Human Rights: An International Student-Teacher Collaboratory, which currently lists over sixty collaborators from around the world including NGOs, combined classrooms in Europe, and other participants.

David Palumbo-Liu is the founding editor of Occasion: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities (found on Arcade); his writings have appeared in Truthout, The Nation,  Jacobin, The Boston Review, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Vox, Salon, AlterNet, and other venues. He is also a Contributing Editor for the Los Angeles Review of Books.  He serves on the Executive Council of the Modern Language Association, the HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science & Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) Advisory Committee, and the Academic Steering and Advocacy Committee of the Open Library of the Humanities.  He was recently elected Second Vice President of the American Comparative Literature Association, and will assume the presidency March 2018.   He is a former Chair of the Stanford Faculty Senate.

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



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