Reed Way Dasenbrock

Professor, University of Hawaiʿi at Mānoa

PKUSSI Course:Ethics, Strategy and Comparative International Philosophy

Dr. Reed Way Dasenbrock was Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at the University of Hawaiʿi at Mānoa from 2009-2016, after which he returned to the faculty. Educated at McGill, Oxford, and Johns Hopkins, where he received his Ph.D. in English, he is the author or editor of 8 books and more than 50 refereed articles and book chapters. He was at PKU on the UH-PKU exchange in the Summer of 2018, where he lectured to Roger Ames’s Nishan Summer Institute on Confucianism on Ezra Pound’s Confucianism, part of a larger study now in progress on the influence of classical Chinese philosophy on English modernism. Before coming to Hawaii, he was a faculty member and administrator at New Mexico State University and the University of New Mexico, serving there as Provost before becoming the Cabinet Secretary for Higher Education in New Mexico. His books includeThe Literary Vorticism of Ezra Pound and Wyndham Lewis,a study of the influence of the art movement Vorticism on the work of these two writers, which includes a discussion of Pound’s interest in Chinese culture and philosophy,Imitating the Italians, a comparative study of Italian and English literature, andTruth and Consequences, a work connecting analytic philosophy to questions and concerns of literary theory. In his current teaching position as a kind of university professor, he teaches in English, Italian, Philosophy, Honors, and Higher Educational Administration, and the material to be covered in his PKU course is material he has taught to philosophy, honors and higher education administration students. He also serves as the Chair of the WSCUC Commission, and WSCUC is one of six agencies authorized by the US Department of Education to accredit universities. WSCUC also accredits internationally, and in this capacity and in his previous positions, he has been very active internationally.