Cherrie Kwok

Elizabeth Arendall Tilney and Schuyler Merritt Tilney Jefferson Fellow
Hong Kong
B.A. University of Exeter (2015) with Highest Distinction
M.A. New York University (2017)
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences


Cherrie Kwok’s dissertation focuses on a set of anti-imperial writers from the Black Atlantic, China, and India who drew from a late-Victorian movement called Decadence in their poetry and prose. She was awarded a Buckner W. Clay Research Grant and a Global South Lab Dissertation Proposal Fellowship from the Institute of Humanities and Global Cultures (IHGC), and an Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Research Award from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences to support her research, and previously Co-Chaired her department’s graduate conference. Elsewhere, she is also the Co-Director of the Teaching Writing and Anti-Racism in the ENWR 1510 classroom project and a Lead Developer for the Undisciplining Victorian Classroom project, where she is using her research to shape teaching materials for university classrooms. She is also a Praxis Fellow at the UVA Library’s Scholars’ Lab, where she is producing a collaborative digital humanities project. She received her B.A. in English with Classical Studies and Theology at the University of Exeter, and an M.A. in English and American Literature from New York University. Prior to her arrival at UVA, Cherrie worked as a full-time writer for the NYU Center for Data Science by day and played guitar for a band by night.

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