Su Fang Ng, who will join the faculty of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech this fall, has been named the Clifford A. Cutchins III Professor of English by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
The Clifford A. Cutchins Professorship in English was established in 1989 through a gift from the Sovran Financial Corporation to recognize excellence in teaching and scholarship. Those honored with the professorship hold the position for a five-year period.
Ng joins Virginia Tech from the University of Oklahoma, where she received tenure and was promoted to associate professor of English. She was also affiliated with the Women’s and Gender Studies program and the Asian Studies program.
Her expertise in the early modern period will allow Virginia Tech’s Department of English to expand course offerings in that area. She pursues a global focus in her teaching and research, exploring, for example, an Arabic version of “Hamlet.”
Ng has published articles in such journals as Modern Philology, Milton Studies, Genre, and English Literary History. She is the author of “Literature and the Politics of Family in Seventeenth-Century England” (Cambridge University Press, 2007).
Her second book, “Peripheral Empires: Alexandrian Renaissance from Britain to Islamic Southeast Asia,” is under review at Oxford University Press. Her latest book project, “Translingual Spice: Language, Literature, and Religion in the Early Modern East Indies,” examines the interplay of languages and religious differences in the 17th-century global spice trade.
Ng has received several prestigious fellowships, including ones at Oxford University, the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies, the University of Texas at Austin, the National Humanities Center, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
She received a bachelor’s degree from Whitman College, a master’s degree from Emory University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, all in English literature.