•Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1984
King-Kok Cheung is Professor of English and Asian American Studies at UCLA. Born and raised in Hong Kong, she received her PhD in English from UC Berkeley; she was also the UCEAP Study Center Director in Beijing (2008-2010), UCEAP Study Center Director in Shanghai (2015-2017), and Chair Professor of Renmin University of China (2018-21).
Her fields of interest include comparative literature (Chinese and American literature), comparative American ethnic literatures (African American, Native American, Chicano/o, and Asian American); Asian American literature (Chinese American, Filipino American, Japanese American, Korean American, South Asian American, Thai American, Vietnamese American); Comparative Heroic Traditions and Comparative Odysseys (Chinese, Cuban, South Asian, Vietnamese, Thai, Filipino, Palestinian, Japanese, Greek, British, and American), Renaissance British Literature (Shakespeare, Milton, Marlowe), Chinese Martial Fiction, and Literature and Medicine. She is author of Articulate Silences: Hisaye Yamamoto, Maxine Hong Kingston, Joy Kogawa (Cornell UP,1993; Japanese edition, 2015; Chinese edition, 2020) and Asian American Literature without Borders (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017; Chinese edition, 2020); editor of Words Matter: Conversations with Asian American Writers (U of Hawaii Press, 2000), An Interethnic Companion to Asian American literature (Cambridge, 1996), “Seventeen Syllables” (Rutgers, 1994), Asian American literature: An Annotated Bibliography (MLA, 1988) and former co-editor of The Heath Anthology of American Literature. Her articles have appeared in Amerasia Journal, American Literary History, Biography, Bucknell Review, Cambridge Journal of China Studies, Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, Chinese Literature Journal, Foreign Literature, Foreign Literature Studies, MELUS, Milton Studies, PMLA, Positions, Shakespeare Quarterly, University of Toronto Quarterly, and Transnational Literature. She has received an ACLS fellowship, a Mellon fellowship, a Fulbright lecturing and research award, and a resident fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford. She is the 2012-2013 Recipient of the UCLA Hoshide Teaching Award in Asian American Studies.