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Leland Tabares

Leland Tabares

Lecturer in English

Office: 11 Burrowes Building
Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

Office Hours:

  • Fall 2018:


  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 Lecturer in English at Penn State. His research focuses on contemporary Asian American literature and culture, with interests in professional labor economies, institutionality, neoliberalism, critical university studies, racialization, and genre. He was 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. He recently finished a two-year term as the Student Representative on the Executive Board for the Association of Asian American Studies (AAAS).

Leland has also 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.

His work has appeared in Lateral: Journal of the Cultural Studies Association, and has a piece forthcoming in the Journal of Asian American Studies.