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About Edward Chan

Edward K. Chan is Associate Professor of English and Co-coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Studies Degree program in the Department of University Studies at Kennesaw State University. His research and teaching interests cut across twentieth-century American literary, film, cultural, and American studies, with special emphasis on race, utopian literature, and transnational perspectives on American culture. During 2008-2009, he taught at Kobe College (Japan) as the Bryant Drake Guest Professor. Publications include "Food and Cassettes: Encounters with Indian Filmsong," "Utopia and the Problem of Race: Accounting for the Remainder in the Imagination of the 1970s Utopian Subject," "On Returning: ‘America' in The Fifth Element and Kal Ho Naa Ho," "(Vulgar) Identity Politics in Outer Space: Delany's Triton and the Heterotopian Narrative," and book reviews in Utopian Studies. He is currently revising a book-length manuscript on race and utopia in late-twentieth-century American literature. Building on some of his work in film and cultural studies, his next project will look at the "dialogues" embedded in the consumption of culture across national boundaries, especially between the United States and Japan.


Present Bryant Drake Guest Professor, Kobe College, Kobe Japan

Research Interests

Utopian Literature, Race and American Culture, and Transnational Perspectives on American Culture

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Honors and Awards

  • Winner, 2007 Eugenio Battisti Award
  • Honrary inductee, Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society Kennesaw Chapter, 2007
  • Kennesaw Faculty Honoree (Teaching), 4.0 Student Luncheon, 2004 and 2005
  • Kennesaw Faculty Honoree (Teaching), Outstanding Student in the General Education Program, 2005
  • Lilly Research Fellowship, 2002-2003, Wabash College
  • Lilly Teaching Fellowship, 2001, Wabash College
  • Teaching Fellowship, 2000, University of Rochester
  • Research Grant, 2000 & 2001, University of Rochester


  • AMST 3710 U.S. in the World
  • AMST 4490 Race and Identity
  • AMST 7400 Film Industry in American Culture
  • ENGL 1101 Composition I
  • ENGL 1102 Composition II
  • ENGL 2110 World Literature
  • HON 3000 Race in the Utopian Imagination
  • IDS 3100 Interdisciplanary Research Methods
  • KSU 1101 First Year Seminar

Contact Information

Office: University Studies, Library Room 415
Phone: 770-423-6930
Fax: 770-423-6748


Articles (6)

Books (1)

Contributions to Books (3)

Unpublished Papers (3)

Presentations (17)