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“Welcoming a public thinker of Hua Hsu’s stature to Bard is an event truly to be celebrated by the entire community. He brings tremendous intellectual range and energy to Languages and Literature, building on Bard’s traditional commitment to practicing artists who are at the forefront of their fields,” said Deirdre d’Albertis, Bard’s Dean of the College. “As a scholar and writer, Hua Hsu promises to strengthen and expand our offerings in American Studies, Asian Studies, Written Arts, and Literature. I am grateful in particular to Professors Nathan Shockey and Peter L’Official for their inspired efforts in recruiting Professor Hsu.”
“I'm thankful to President Botstein and Dean d’Albertis for their enthusiasm and faith in me,” said Hsu. “I’m delighted to join Bard at a moment of such great ambition and possibility, and I look forward to learning the ins and outs of this singular institution.”
Hua Hsu is the author of A Floating Chinaman: Fantasy and Failure Across the Pacific (Harvard University Press, 2016) and the forthcoming memoir Stay True (Doubleday, 2022). Hsu is a staff writer at The New Yorker, having previously contributed to Artforum, Slate, the Village Voice, and The Wire (UK). He served on the editorial board of A New Literary History of America (HUP, 2009) and his scholarly work has been published in American Quarterly, Criticism, PMLA, and Genre. He currently serves on the boards of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and Critical Minded, an initiative to support cultural critics of color. Hsu previously taught at Vassar College. He was formerly a fellow at the New America Foundation and the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center at the New York Public Library. He is currently working on an essay collection titled Impostor Syndrome.
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