AboutLeland Tabares is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses on contemporary Asian American literature and culture, with interests in professional labor economies, institutionality, racialization, critical pedagogy, cultural studies, critical ethnic studies, media studies, and popular culture. His work has been published in Profession, Journal of Asian American Studies, and Lateral: Journal of the Cultural Studies Association.
EducationPhD, Pennsylvania State University, University Park
MA, Pennsylvania State University, University Park
BA, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
“Professional Amateurs: Asian American Content Creators in YouTube’s Digital Economy.” Journal of Asian American Studies 22.3 (October 2019): 387-417.
“Professionalization and the Precarious State of Academic Freedom for Graduate Student Instructors.” Profession (Winter 2019).
“The Contexts of Critique: Para-Institutions & the Multiple Lives of Institutionality in the Neoliberal University.” Lateral: Journal of the Cultural Studies Association 6.1 (Spring 2017).
“Gish Jen’s Resistant Possibilities: Black Fugitivity, Coalitional Care, and Baseball.” Solicited review of The Resisters by Gish Jen, Hyphen (September 2020)
Review of Asian American Media Activism: Fighting for Cultural Citizenship, by Lori Kido Lopez, Journal of Asian American Studies 21.3 (October 2018): 488-491.