ACADEMIC AND RESEARCH BIO
Daniel Vukovich (胡德) is an Associate Professor, former Chair of the Dept. of Comparative Lit., long-time UG Coordinator, and currently Director of the department’s MA program. He teaches a range of inter-disciplinary courses in literature/culture, intellectual and political history, and post-colonial studies. Since his arrival in 2006, he has taught more classes and more students at HKU than anyone else in Comp Lit., a fact that makes him happy. His training is in theory and criticism, cultural studies, and what Edward Said might have termed ‘intellectual political history.’ He received his PhD in English in 2005, at the University of Illinois and the Unit for Criticism. In a previous life he taught at a technical college in upper Appalachia, as well as at UC Santa Cruz.
Outside of HKU and the Arts faculty, he is widely known as a major scholar of the P.R.C. and postcolonialism, Maoism, globalization, and politics. See e.g. https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=CjxG7RQAAAAJ&hl=en
He is the author of China and Orientalism: Western Knowledge Production and the PRC (Routledge 2012) and Illiberal China: The Ideological Challenge of the P.R.C. (Palgrave 2019).
For reviews and/or interviews about the latter book, see
1. Democratization (Sept 2018, 26.2)
2. Made in China (4.1 Jan.-March, 2019)
3. New Books in East Asian Studies (July 2019) https://newbooksnetwork.com/daniel-vukovich-illiberal-china-the-ideological-challenge-of-the-peoples-republic-of-china-palgrave-2018/
4. Hong Kong Review of Books (September 2019) https://hkrbooks.com/2019/09/09/illiberal-china/
5. The Los Angeles Review of Books (September 2019) https://chinachannel.org/2019/09/20/illiberalism/
6. China Information (forthcoming, January-March 2020)
He has also published about two dozen journal articles and book chapters, often in venues at the intersection of the social sciences and humanities. He is currently working on a third monograph, tentatively entitled After Autonomy: Political and Post-colonial Theory After Hong Kong, SAR, and the P.R.C. which is inspired by the historical fate of Hong Kong and liberalism in the wake of China’s rise. Recent keynotes and invited talks include ones in Beijing, Nanjing, Adelaide, Shanghai, Wuhan, Cologne, Doha, and Singapore.
COURSES TAUGHT AT THE DEPARTMENT
CLIT1010: Ways of Thinking About Culture and Society
CLIT2087: China: Rebellions and Revolutions
CLIT2090: China, Orientalism, and Globalization
CLIT2092: Modern American Poetry: Politics and Aesthetics
CLIT3027: From States of Nature to States of the World: Political Theory as World Lit.
Taught Postgraduate Courses (MALCS):
CLIT7003: Narrative and Identity
CLIT7008: From Colonialism to Globalization