Cheryl Narumi Naruse

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Cheryl Narumi Naruse (nah-roo-seh) is Assistant Professor of English at Tulane University. Her research and teaching interests include contemporary Anglophone literatures and cultures (particularly those from Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands), diasporic Asian literature, postcolonial theory, cultures of capitalism, and genre studies. She is currently completing her book manuscript, tentatively titled Postcolonial Capitalism: Setting Singapore as Global Asia. Using literary and cultural productions from Singapore, a nation deemed as an “Asian Miracle” for its rapid economic success, the book theorizes “postcolonial capitalism” as a way of investigating the relationship between post-World War II anticolonial nationalisms and contemporary capitalism. Other projects include an invited essay for The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Economics and an essay on the relationship between Southeast Asian anthologies and critical regionalism. She is also the Southeast Asia section review editor for The Year’s Work in English Studies (Oxford UP). Naruse’s recent publications include articles in biographyGenre, and Verge: Studies in Global Asias as well as a chapter in Singapore Literature and Culture: Current Directions in Local and Global Contexts (Routledge). She has also co-edited a number of special issues: “Literature and Postcolonial Capitalism” for ARIEL; a Periscope dossier “Global Asia: Critical Aesthetics and Alternative Globalities” for Social Text Online, and “Singapore at 50: At the Intersections of Neoliberal Globalization and Postcoloniality” for Interventions.

Naruse earned her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in English from University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, with a certificate in International Cultural Studies from the East-West Center. Her research has been supported by a postdoctoral fellowship at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore (2015-16). For the MLA, Naruse served the inaugural chair of the Southeast Asia and Southeast Asian Diasporic Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies Forum (2018-19). As former chair of MLA Delegate Assembly Organizing Committee (2018-19), she led the Delegate Assembly through a discussion on power differentials in graduate education.