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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Chris A. Eng

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Assistant Professor and Emerson Faculty Fellow


Asian-Asian American Studies

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies

424 Hall of Languages



Chris A. Eng received his B.A. in English, with a minor in Asian American Studies, from the Macaulay Honors College at City University of New York, Hunter College and his Ph.D. in English from The Graduate Center, CUNY with a certificate in American Studies. His research and teaching center contemporary US ethnic literatures and performances through theorizations of affect, Asian American studies, diaspora, empire, and queer of color critique. At CUNY, he co-founded the Coalition for the Revitalization of Asian American Studies at Hunter (CRAASH) and the Mentoring Future Faculty of Color Project. In 2016-17, he was a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Nationally, he serves on the Minority Scholars’ Committee of the American Studies Association; moreover, he chairs the Queer Studies Section and is an Executive Board member of the Association for Asian American Studies. He is currently completing his book project, titled Extravagant Provisions: Constraint and Queer Conviviality in Asian American Camps; its dissertation form received the CLAGS 2016 Paul Monette-Roger Horwitz Dissertation Prize. His writings have appeared or are forthcoming in such venues as American Quarterly, GLQ, Journal of Asian American Studies, Lateral, MELUS, and Theatre Journal.

Research and Teaching Interests

American studies, Asian American cultural productions, critical ethnic studies, cultural studies, U.S. minority literatures, gender and sexuality studies, queer of color critique, theorizations of transnationalism and diaspora, affect theory, and performance studies.

Recent Courses


ENG 630: American Studies: Theories, Methods, Orientations

ENG 730: Queer of Color Affect


ETS 360: Queer Youth: LGBTQ Narratives of Coming-of Age and Coming-Out              

ETS 360: Queer (Be)Longings of Asian American Literatures        

ETS 352: Race, Nation and Empire—The Borders of the World: Postcolonial, Global & Planetary

ETS 305: Critical Analysis—Performance Studies: Making Bodies and Difference Matter  Fall 2017

ETS 182: Race & Literary Texts—Envisioning American Dreams and Realities