Rob Wilson

Asia Pacific Observatory

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Professional Title Professor of Literature, Creative Writing and Cultural Studies
Institution University of California, Santa Cruz
Departmental Affiliation None provided
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Rob Wilson

Professor of Literature, Creative Writing and Cultural Studies

Rob Wilson is Professor of Literature, Creative Writing and Cultural Studies at University of California, Santa Cruz ( He is a Western Connecticut native who was educated at the University of California at Berkeley, where he received a doctorate in English in 1976 and was founding editor of the Berkeley Poetry Review. He has taught in English Department at University of Hawai’i at Manoa (which proved formative to his own development as scholar and poet of Asia/Pacific becoming) and at Korea University in Seoul as a Fulbright professor of American Lit, and was twice a National Science Council visiting professor at National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan as well as MOST Research Scholar resident in the IEAS unit at Academia Sinica in  Taipei.  In 2001, he became professor of transnational/ postcolonial literature at the University of California at Santa Cruz where he still teaches at grad and undergrad levels. In summer 2009, he team-taught a summer seminar (with Chadwick Allen) at National Sun Yat-sen University in Taiwan on Pacific Cultural Production, counter-conversion, and the ecological framework of “Oceania.” Advisory editor for boundary 2 and Inter-Asia Cultural Studies journals among others, his earlier works include Waking In Seoul, American Sublime, Asia/Pacific as Space of Cultural Production, Global/Local: Cultural Production and the Transnational Imaginary, Inside Out: Literature, Cultural Politics and the New Pacific, and Reimagining the American Pacific: From ‘South Pacific’ to Bamboo Ridge and Beyond. His study Be Always Converting, Be Always Converted: An American Poetics appeared with Harvard University Press and was selected by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Publication. A collection of cultural criticism from Asia/Pacific (co-edited with Christopher Connery) The Worlding Project: Doing Cultural Studies in the Era of Globalization appeared with New Pacific Press/ North Atlantic Books, and Beat Attitudes: On the Roads to Beatitude for Post-Beat Writers, Dharma Bums, and Cultural-Political Activists was published by New Pacific Press and will be reprinted as an Amazon Kindle book. He is also co-editing a collection called Worlding Asia with Kim Soyoung of Korea and Serena Chou of Taiwan for Palgrave Macmillan Press.  In addition to a transpacific  poetry collection Late Capitalist Weather Along the Pacific Rim to be co-published in Taiwan and California, he is finishing a study called Pacific Beneath the Pavements:  Worlding Poesis and Oceanic Becoming.