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Leland Tabares

Leland Tabares

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Bunton-Waller Graduate Fellow

Institute for the Arts & Humanities Resident Fellow

AAAS Student Rep., Executive Board

Office: 201 Burrowes Building
Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

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  • FALL 2017:


  1. PhD English - Pennsylvania State University (Anticipated 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 PhD candidate in English at Penn State. His research focuses on contemporary Asian American literature and culture, with interests in neoliberalism, institutionality, professional labor economies, critical university studies, racialization, and genre. He was recently selected to be a Summer 2017 Resident Fellow at Penn State's Institute for the Arts & Humanities. He is currently serving a two-year term as the Student Representative of the Executive Board for the Association of Asian American Studies (AAAS).

Leland was previously the managing editor for Verge: Studies in Global Asias (published by UMN 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.

His work has appeared in Lateral: Journal of the Cultural Studies Association.