Leland Tabares is a PhD candidate at Penn State. His research focuses on contemporary labor economies, institutionality, critical university studies, neoliberalism, racialization, and genre in Asian American literature and culture. 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 is forthcoming in Lateral: Journal of the Cultural Studies Association.