Distinguished Faculty Join English Department

By Laila Rashid, CHASS Dean's Office Student Intern
October 11, 2013

UCR’s English department is excited to welcome Fred Moten and David Lloyd, who come to UCR with impressive credentials and experience. They join 15 other new faculty members in CHASS and more than 30 total new scholars at UCR.

Professor Moten is a scholar of Afro-diasporic social and cultural life with teaching, research, and creative interests in poetry, performance studies and critical theory.  He received his Ph.D. in English from UC Berkeley, where he was involved in labor organizing as a graduate student.

Since then, he has had great success with his books which include “In the Break,” “The Undercommons,” “Hughson’s Tavern,” “B.Jenkins,” and “The Feel Trio.”  He has collaborated with Stefano Harney from Queen Mary, University of London, on a plethora of projects, many involving the conditions of academic labor. For “The Undercommons,” Professors Moten and Harney draw from the black radical tradition and autonomist and postcolonial theory, exploring how these inspire and extend contemporary social and political thought and aesthetic critique. Moten is interested in how the conditions of academic labor have become not conducive to study — how the conditions under which academic laborers labor actually precludes or prevents study.

Lloyd received his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in literature and colonialism from Cambridge University. He specializes in Irish culture and postcolonial and cultural theory, and his extensive body of work includes plays and volumes of poetry. One of his books, “Nationalism and Minor Literature,” was one of the first to bring the insights of contemporary critical theory to bear upon Irish studies. His area of work also includes the interconnection of minority writing, enlightenment aesthetics, and the process of state-formation.  He has taught at several other institutions including the University of Southern California, UC Davis, UC Berkeley, Cambridge University, and Scripps College, Claremont, in topics ranging from modern poetry to Victorian literature to colonialism.

The English department believes the two professors will augment the department’s strengths in their respected areas of work and will represent the heart of their academic mission. "Having Fred Moten and David Lloyd join our program at the same time will be transformative. They bring tremendous intellectual leadership and the promise of recruiting the very best Ph.D. students in African-American studies and postcolonial literature. I am very excited about their shared expertise in poetry, which has long been a strength of our department,” says Katherine Kinney, associate dean for arts and humanities and former chair of the English department.

Both Professors Lloyd and Moten will begin instruction next quarter.

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