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David Palumbo-Liu

Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor

Professor of Comparative Literature and, by courtesy, English


David Palumbo-Liu’s fields of interest include social and cultural criticism, literary theory and criticism, and studies in race and ethnicity. His last book, The Deliverance of Others: Reading Literature in a Global Age (Duke, 2012) addressed 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.  His current book project ("Speaking Out of Place") is a consideration of the idea of political voice, and will be published by Haymarket Books.

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 The Washington Post, The Nation,  Jacobin, Truthout, The Boston Review, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Vox, Salon, AlterNet, The Hill, and other venues. He is also a Contributing Editor for the Los Angeles Review of Books. He is the President of the American Comparative Literature Association.   He is a former Chair of the Stanford Faculty Senate.

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


COMPLIT 105 Race and Human Rights (CSRE 115)
COMPLIT 194 Independent Research
COMPLIT 399 Individual Work
COMPLIT 802 TGR Dissertation



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