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. He is working on two book-length manuscripts, the first is titled “Tropic Spells: Performing Queer Encounters in the Asias,” which examines how the queer erotics of colonial encounter inform Asian performance in global perspective. The second deals with the role of the arts or the neoliberal cultural politics of the global university. Lim is on the Gender and Sexuality Studies Board at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, and a faculty affiliate of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, and the Department of American Studies. Lim’s work has been recognized with several competitive fellowships, honors and awards, including those from the American Society for Theatre Research, Association for Theater in Higher Education, and the Mellon Foundation.
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.