Kenneth J. Surin, PhD

Kenneth Surin

Title: Professor
Company: Duke University
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia, United States

Kenneth J. Surin, PhD, Professor at Duke University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in literature and higher education.

With more than 40 years of professional experience, Dr. Surin has served as a professor of literature, German studies, and religion at Duke University since 1993. In this position, he focuses his studies on Anglophone literatures outside of England, analytical and continental philosophy, critical theory, Marxism, state theory, and international political economy. Prior to these appointments, he was an associate professor of religion from 1987 to 1993, an associate professor of literature from 1991 to 1993, and an associate professor in German studies from 1992 to 1993. Previously, he was a lecturer in religious studies at the University of Gloucestershire from 1983 to 1984, a senior lecturer in religious studies from 1984 to 1987, and a high school teacher in Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, England, from 1977 to 1983.

Alongside his primary endeavors, Dr. Surin has served as an advisor for job search candidates in the graduate program of literature at Duke University from 1993 to 1996, in 2001, and since 2013. In addition, he has been a visiting distinguished professor in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at the National University of Defense Technology in Changsha, China, since 2012. He previously held several positions with Duke University, including as the chair of the tenure and promotion committees in the literature program, a member of the appointments, promotion, and tenure committee, chair of the literature program, member of the review and tenure committees, an elected member of the executive committee of academic council, director of the Center for European studies, and member of the selection committee for the Goldman Sachs Global Leadership Program for Undergraduates.

Locally, Dr. Surin was a member of the postdoctoral fellowship selection committee with the Woodrow Wilson Foundation in 2000, was the final adjudicator for the Hans Rosenhaupt Memorial Book Award for a First Book in the Humanities and Social Sciences with the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation in 1999, and was a member of the national selection committee of the Charlotte Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship with the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation from 1995 to 1997. Likewise, he was a member of the religious studies selection panel of the Charlotte Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship and a member and cofounder of the steering committee with the religion and critical theory group of the American Academy of Religion from 1989 to 1993. He has further served as an external reviewer for tenure and promotion at various other universities.

To prepare for his illustrious career, Dr. Surin pursued a formal education at the University of Reading, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in 1972. He subsequently attended the University of Birmingham and earned a Doctor of Philosophy in 1976. Dr. Surin has found much success with his written work as well, contributing 25 chapters to books and 55 articles to professional journals, as well as entries in encyclopedias and reference books in his field. He has been the editorial board member of the Journal of Marxist Aesthetics since 2016, a member of the international advisory board for the Humanities Circle, International Journal of Central University of Kerala since 2014, and an editorial board member of the Journal of Literature and Art Studies since 2014. Likewise, he has been a member of the international advisory board of Critical Research in Religion since 2012, an editorial board member of the Minnesota Review since 2009, and an editorial board member of South Atlantic Quarterly since 1999. He has also authored a number of books in his areas of expertise.

A leading voice in his industry, Dr. Surin maintains affiliation with several organizations, including the World Economics Association, the Modern Language Association, the Cultural Studies Association of America, and the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia. In addition, he is associated with the Center of Theology and Philosophy at the University of Nottingham, the American Academy of Religion, and the Marxist Literary Group. Looking toward the future, Dr. Surin hopes to publish two more books in his fields of interest.

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