Kyle Shernuk is Assistant Professor of Modern Chinese Literature and Culture at Georgetown University. He is a scholar of modern and contemporary Chinese and Sinophone literatures, with a particular interest in disempowered and minoritized populations. His current research and book project focus on the issue of ethnicity in Chinese-language literature from China and Taiwan. It asks how different ethnic identities are constructed and relate to ideas about what it means “to be Chinese” at the turn of the twenty-first century. Related publications appear in Prism: Theory and Modern Chinese Literature, International Journal of Taiwan Studies and edited volumes, such as Keywords in Queer Sinophone Studies (Routledge, 2020) and A New Literary History of Modern China (Harvard University Press, 2017). Published translations include short stories by Dadelavan Ibau, Long Yingzong, Chu T’ien-hsin (Zhu Tianxin), and Li Juan.
Kyle’s research and teaching interests include modern and contemporary Chinese-language (Sinophone) literatures and film; comparative ethnicity and indigeneity; Global Asias; inter-Asian and transpacific studies; gender and sexuality in East Asia; China and East Asia in world literature; and Chinese-English translation.
He was previously Lecturer (Assistant Professor) of Chinese Studies at Queen Mary University of London and a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University. He received his Ph.D. degree in East Asian Languages & Civilizations and Comparative Literature from Harvard University in May 2020.