Treats Work About Cherrie Kwok


I am a doctoral candidate at the University of Virginia and an Associate Editor at Undisciplining the Victorian Classroom. I was born and raised in Hong Kong and Vancouver, Canada.

Broadly speaking, my research and teaching focus on British and global Anglophone literatures in the long 19th and 20th centuries, and postcolonial theory. I concentrate in particular on a late-Victorian artistic style called Decadence, and its fraught relationships to European imperialism, anti-imperialism, and postcolonialism. My dissertation examines how African-American, Caribbean, East Asian, South Asian, and Indigenous writers in the 19th and 20th centuries produced new versions of Decadence in order to articulate anti-imperial perspectives in their literature. In the process, I expose how Decadence—commonly thought of as an exclusively imperialist aesthetic—also has a fascinating anti-imperial legacy that we can learn from. Some of my early work on these topics recently received the 2021 British Association for Decadence Studies Postgraduate Essay prize.

I also have interests in the digital humanities, where my work has been supported by the UVa School of Data Science and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. My most recent work here focuses on issues related to inclusivity in the archival sciences and data management, and the politics of Wikipedia.

I am co-chairing an interdisciplinary symposium about teaching the histories of colonialism and enslavement at UVa this November 2022, which comes out of an anti-racist pedagogy group that I established in 2020 in response to a demand that UVa's Black Student Alliance made. I will also chair a conference about Decadence in March 2023, titled "Global Decadence, Race, and the Futures of Decadence Studies." Both of these events reflect my commitment to developing a career that not only values teaching as much as research, but one that also centers race, imperialism, and histories of enslavement in all of my work. In the process, I hope to construct more thoughtful and equitable approaches in our research, teaching, and our profession, and open up new spaces for joy. I enjoy meeting others who care about these things as well. My dominant language is English; my heritage language is Cantonese. I also speak a bit of Mandarin, French, and German. Please reach out if you are interested in participating in either of these events.

In 2022, I received the Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award in the Arts and Humanities for my teaching and the Predoctoral-Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Jefferson Scholars Foundation for my research. From 2020-2022, I held the Elizabeth Arendall Tilney and Schuyler Merritt Tilney Jefferson Fellowship. I completed my MA at New York University, where I received the Millicent Bell Prize for the most outstanding Master's thesis in the English Department.



Twitter: @cherriekwok

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