December 2008

José Muñoz Named Wang Visiting Professor in Contemporary English Literature

Renowned scholar of literature, Latino studies, and performance theory José Muñoz will be the second Wang Visiting Professor in Contemporary English Literature in GW’s Department of English. Munoz, who will be in residence at GW during the 2009 fall semester, will teach two undergraduate literature courses, interact with graduate students and researchers, give a public reading, and sponsor events aimed at expanding GW’s strengths in Latino studies.

Muñoz’s fields of concentration include Latin American studies, film and video, comparative ethnicity, queer theory, gay and lesbian studies, Latino and Latina literature, and performance studies. He has authored several books and articles including Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics, Cruising Utopia: the Politics and Performance of Queer Futurity, and Feeling Brown: Ethnicity, Affect, and Performance. Muñoz currently is the chair of the Department of Performance Studies at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

The visiting professorship was created through a gift by Albert Wang and his family. The gift supports the Wang Visiting Professorship in Contemporary English Literature and the Wang Endowed Fund in English Literature and Literary Studies, which will fund an annual series of lectures by prominent authors and scholars. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edward P. Jones was named as the first Wang Visiting Professor and will be in residence during spring 2009.

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