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Leland Tabares

Leland Tabares

Postdoctoral Fellow in English

Office: 11 Burrowes Building
Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

Office Hours:

  • Summer 2019: 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

*Starting in Fall 2019, Leland will be a Postdoctoral Fellow in Contemporary American Literature at Washington University in St. Louis.

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, racialization, critical pedagogy, cultural studies, critical ethnic studies, media studies, and popular culture. His work has been published in Profession, Journal of Asian American Studies, and Lateral: Journal of the Cultural Studies Association.

Leland has participated in numerous roles at Penn State as well as more broadly in the academic field of Asian American Studies beyond Penn State. 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. Currently, he is an English faculty mentor in Penn State's departmental mentoring initiative. From 2016-2018, Leland served a two-year term as the National Student Representative on the Executive Board for the Association of Asian American Studies.

Leland has editorial experience, too. For two years (2014-2016), he served as the Managing Editor for Verge: Studies in Global Asias (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.