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Carmen Thong

MA in Public Policy, Stanford
MSt World Literatures in English, Oriel College, University of Oxford (2015-2016)
BA in English Literature (World pathway), University of Warwick, 2012-2015
At Stanford Since: 2019

Carmen Thong is a PhD candidate in English and completing a MA in Public Policy at Stanford University. She works in Postcolonial/World Literature, Digital Humanities, and Cultural Policy. Her current research project looks at how literatures and authors from the Global South are “discovered” within the global literary supply chain. She is also a Knight Hennessy scholar and a Jacobsson Family Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow. She uses literary close reading, critical theory, computational methods in R, and policy analysis to study distribution (and redistribution) in the literary space and the role of literature in the formation of collective identities.


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Book chapter entitled, "V.S.Naipaul's Booker Prize for In A Free State", published in World Literature in Motion by ibidem, under Columbia University Press – 2020

Review of Recognition and Ethics in World Literature: Religion, Violence and the Human in the Postcolonial Studies Association Newsletter (#18, Winter Issue) – 2017



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