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Cheryl Naruse Professor of English Tulane School of Liberal Arts

Cheryl Naruse

Assistant Professor of English
Mellon Assistant Professor
Norman Mayer Building, Room 122


Ph.D., English, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
International Cultural Studies Graduate Certification, East-West Center, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
M.A., Cultural Studies in Asia/Pacific, English, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
B.A., English Language and Literature, University of Washington



Cheryl Narumi Naruse (nah-roo-seh) is Assistant Professor of English and the Mellon Assistant Professor of the Humanities 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 (including Asian American), postcolonial theory, cultures of capitalism, and genre studies. She is currently completing her book manuscript, tentatively titled Global Asia and Its National Cultures: Fictions of Postcolonial Capitalism in Singapore. This book looks to contemporary literary and cultural productions from Singapore to theorize the postcolonial, nationalist design of neoliberal cultures. Other current projects include an invited essay for The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Economics and Detours: A Decolonial Guide to Singapore, a collection she is co-editing with Joanne Leow and Alfian Sa'at. Naruse is also at the beginning stages of a second monograph, Editing Between Empires: Critical Regionalism and Anglophone Literatures of Southeast Asia, which examines the role of editors in producing the literary, regional imagination of Southeast Asia from the post-1945 decolonization era to the present. Naruse’s 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 Review of International English Literature; 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: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies

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 with the Global Asia research cluster 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. She also serves as a consultant reader for ARIEL and as the Southeast Asia section editor for Oxford's Year's Work in English Studies