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Leland Tabares

Leland Tabares

Postdoctoral Fellow in English

Office: 11 Burrowes Building
Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

Office Hours:

  • Spring 2019: TR 3-4:30pm and by appointment


  1. PhD English - Pennsylvania State University (2018)
  2. MA English - Pennsylvania State University (2014)
  3. BA English - University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (2010)
  4. Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude

Professional Bio

Leland Tabares is a Postdoctoral Fellow in English at Penn State. His research focuses on contemporary Asian American literature and culture, with interests in professional labor economies, institutionality, critical pedagogy, cultural studies, critical ethnic studies, media studies, popular culture, and racialization. His work has been published in Profession, Journal of Asian American Studies, and Lateral: Journal of the Cultural Studies Association.

Leland served as a Resident Fellow at Penn State's Institute for the Arts & Humanities and a Bunton-Waller Graduate Fellow in Penn State's Department of English. Currently, he is a faculty mentor in the department's mentoring program. He also held a two-year term as the National Student Representative on the Executive Board for the Association of Asian American Studies (AAAS).

Leland has editorial experience, too. For two years, he served as the Managing Editor for Verge: Studies in Global Asias (published by the University of Minnesota Press), a journal in Asian and Asian American Studies, edited by Tina Chen. In 2016, Verge was named the Best New Journal by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals.