Arif Dirlik lives in Eugene, OR, in semi-retirement. He most recently (Fall 2011) held the Rajni Kothari Chair in Democracy at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in Delhi, India. In Fall 2010, he served as the first Liang Qichao Memorial Distinguished Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing.
Dirlik taught at Duke University for thirty years as professor of history and anthropology before moving in 2001 to the University of Oregon where he served as Knight Professor of Social Science, Professor of History and Anthropology, and Director of the Center for Critical Theory and Transnational Studies. He subsequently accepted a short-term appointment as Chair Professor of Chinese Studies, Professor by Courtesy of the Departments of History and Cultural Studies, and Honorary Director of the Chinese University of Hong Kong-Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Asia Pacific Center for Chinese Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong He has served as visiting professor at the University of British Columbia, University of Victoria(BC), University of California-Los Angeles, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and Soka University of America. He is the recipient of Fulbright, NEH, Chiang Ching-kuo, and ACLS fellowships.
He has been a fellow of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies, the Nordic Institute for Asian Studies (Copenhagen), the Program in Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado, International Institute for Asian Studies(Leiden and Amsterdam), and, the China Center for Comparative Politics and Economics of the Central Bureau of Compilation and Translation in Beijing. He has been honored with distinguished adjunct professorships at the Center for Marxist Social Theory of Nanjing University, Beijing University of Language and Culture, and the Northwest University for Nationalities in Lanzhou. He is also a Distinguished Fellow of the Peter Wall Institute or Advanced Studies of the University of British Columbia.
Dirlik has served or continues to serve on the editorial boards of boundary 2, Interventions (UK), China Review(Hong Kong), Asian Studies Review(Australia), China Information(The Netherlands), China Scholarship(Beijing), Cultural Studies (Beijing), Inter-Asia Cultural Studies(Taiwan and Singapore), Norwegian Journal of Migration Research, Asian Review of World Histories (Korea), Research on Marxist Aesthetics (Nanjing), Register of Critical Theory of Society (Nanjing), International Critical Thought(Beijing), and Pasaj (Passages in Literature)(Istanbul). He is the editor of two book series, “Studies in Global Modernity”( SUNY Press).as well as co-editor with Dr. Yu Keping of a series of translations from prominent Chinese official intellectuals, published by Brill Publishers in the Netherlands.
Dirlik’s works have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Turkish, Bulgarian, French, German and Portuguese. His publications in English include, Revolution and History: Origins of Marxist Historiography in China, 1991-1937, Origins of Chinese Communism; Anarchism in the Chinese Revolution; Marxism in the Chinese Revolution; Schools Into Fields and Factories: Anarchists, the Guomindang and the Labor University in Shanghai, 1927-1932; After the Revolution: Waking to Global Capitalism; The Postcolonial Aura: Third World Criticism in the Age of Global Capitalism; Postmodernity’s Histories, Global Modernity: Modernity in the Age of Global Capitalism, and most recently, Culture and History in Postrevolutionary China:
The Perspective of Global Modernity . He is also the editor or co-editor of Sociology and Anthropology in Twentieth Century China: Between Indigenism and Universalism, Global Capitalism and the Future of Agrarian Society: Tricontinental Perspectives, Snapshots of Intellectual Life in Contemporary China(a special issue of boundary 2), Pedagogies of the Global: Knowledge in the Human Interest, Places and Politics in an Age of Global Capitalism, Chinese on the American Frontier, Postmodernism and China, What is in a Rim: Critical Perspectives on the Pacific Region Idea, Asia/Pacific as Space of Cultural Production, History After the Three Worlds, Critical Perspectives on Mao Zedong’s Thought, Marxism and the Chinese Experience.
He is the author of more than 200 articles on subjects ranging from Chinese history and historiography to issues of globalization and the Pacific region to theoretical discussions of postcolonial criticism and postmodernity.
Dirlik was born in Mersin, Turkey, in 1940. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Robert College(now Bosphorus University)in Istanbul and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY.