Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies
Eng-Beng Lim specializes in theater, drama and performance studies with a focus on transnational, Asian and queer issues. His teaching and research areas include critical and performance theory, queer and racial performance, and international drama. He has lectured widely at universities in the U.S., U.K., and Asia, and has published essays and reviews in Theatre Journal, Asian Theatre Journal, Modern Drama, Theatre Survey, and Social Text. These include: "Glocalqueering in New Asia: The Politics of Performing Gay in Singapore" in Theatre Journal, “Performing the Global University” and a special issue "Queer Suicide: A Teach-in" for Social Text, where he is a member of its editorial collective.
His book, Brown Boys and Rice Queens: Spellbinding Performance in the Asias, is part of the "Sexual Cultures" series of NYU Press. Lim is a faculty board member of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, and affiliated with the Department of American Studies, Department of East Asian Studies, and the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America. His work has been recognized with fellowships and awards by the American Society for Theatre Research, Association for Theater in Higher Education, University of California Humanities Research Institute, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies of CUNY Grad Center.
Lim received his Ph.D. from UCLA in Theatre (Critical Studies) and his B.A. (Hons) in Theatre Studies from the National University of Singapore where he also majored in English. He has taught at UC Davis, UCLA, UW-Seattle, SUNY-Purchase, and Michigan State.