Allan Punzalan Isaac
Associate Professor of American Studies and English
(848) 932-9174



Asian American Literature; Critical Race Studies; Literature and Law

Professor Allan Punzalan Isaac specializes in Asian American, comparative ethnic and postcolonial aspects of contemporary American literary and cultural studies. His book American Tropics: Articulating Filipino America (2006) is the recipient of the Association for Asian American Studies Cultural Studies Book Award. In 2003-2004, he was a Senior Fulbright Scholar at DeLaSalle University-Taft in Manila, Philippines. He received his BA from Williams College and his PhD in Comparative Literature from NYU. He teaches a broad range of courses in theory and literature, Asian American Studies, critical race theory, law and literature, and comparative race studies. His current research is on the Filipino labor diaspora in Israel and on litotes and the rhetoric of race.

Associate Professor of American Studies

Office / Office Hours

Ruth Adams Building, Room 025D, Cook/Douglas Campus

Courses Taught

  • Asian American Literature and Its Discontents
  • Gender & Sexuality in Asian American Literature


PhD, New York University
BA, Williams College