Curriculum Vitae

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Stanford University – 1990-1997 

Ph.D. in Comparative Literature—January 1997
A.M. in Comparative Literature—September 1991

McGill University — 1986-1990

B.A. with first class honors in English Literature—June 1990


Yale University — 1998-present
  • Vice President for Global Strategy (since 2017)
  • Vice Provost for Global Strategy (since 2019)
  • Douglas Tracy Smith Professor of Comparative Literature (since 2019)
  • Professor of English (since 2019)
  • Professor of Comparative Literature (since 2017)
  • Senior Research Fellow, MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies (since 2017)
  • Deputy Provost for International Affairs (2017-2019)
  • Senior Research Scholar, Comparative Literature (2012-2017)
  • Professor, Departments of English and Comparative Literature (2007-2012)
  • Associate Professor, Departments of English and Comparative Literature (2002-2007)
  • Assistant Professor, Departments of English and Comparative Literature (1998-2002)
Yale-NUS College, National University of Singapore — 2012-2017

President and Professor of Humanities

University of California, Berkeley  — 1996-1998

Visiting Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of English


  • Master of Arts privatim, Yale University — 2008
  • Graduate Mentor Award, Yale University — 2004
  • Heyman Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Work by a Junior Faculty Member, Yale University — 2000
  • McGill Graduates’ Society Award for Student Service — 1990


  • Grants from Teagle and Luce Foundations to support conference on curricular design (2015-2016)
  • Grant from Imitatio Foundation to support conference on René Girard (2011-2012)
  • Faculty Research Grant, MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies (2011-2012)
  • Paul Moore Memorial Fund Grants for Instructional Innovation, Yale University (2008-2011)
  • John and Yvonne McCredie Fellowship in Instructional Technology, Yale University (2007, 2011-2013)
  • Davis Foundation Electronic Library Initiative Course Support Grant (2005)
  • Summer Institute in Literary Studies Stipend, National Humanities Center (2003)
  • Frederick W. Hilles Publication Fund Grant, Yale University (2002-2003)
  • Morse Fellowship for Junior Faculty in the Humanities, Yale University (2001-2002)
  • Whitney Humanities Center Junior Faculty Fellowship, Yale University (2000-2001)
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities research Council of Canada (1996-1998)


Books (Sole Author)
  • Editor. The Norton Anthology of World Literature, third edition, fourth edition. Primarily responsible for volume F, Literature Since 1900, under the general editorship of Martin Puchner.  New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2012. Shorter edition 2013. Fourth edition 2018. Electronic edition 2015:
  • Editor, The Norton Anthology of Western Literature, ninth edition. Primarily responsible for final section, Literature since 1900, under the general editorship of Martin Puchner.  New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2014.
  • Founder and editor. The Modernism Lab, a virtual space for collaborative research on modernism.
  • Editor. The Cambridge Companion to European Modernism.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.
Articles & Book Chapters (selected)


Featured in news articles or interviews in Asian Scientist Magazine, Barron’s, Bloomberg News, Chronicle of Higher Education, Daily Financial Times (Sri Lanka), EduNation (Singapore), Globe and Mail (Toronto), Guardian (UK), International Herald-Tribune, Lianhe Zaobao (Singapore), Mint Asia (India), Straits-Times (Singapore), Times Higher Education (London), Today (Singapore), University World News, Wall Street Journal, Yale Alumni Magazine, and others, as well as news pieces on BBC World News, Reuters TV, Channel News Asia, and local Singaporean radio and television.

Updated May 2018