* Palumbo-Liu moved with his family to Oakland, California – and later, to nearby Orinda – when he was a young child.
* Palumbo-Liu obtained his undergraduate and graduate degrees (Master’s and Ph.D.) at UC Berkeley. Both his Bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. (1988) were in Comparative Literature.
* From 1985-86, Palumbo-Liu was a research fellow with Kyoto University’s Faculty of Letters, and was affiliated with that school’s Research Institute for Humanistic Studies.
* Palumbo-Liu has taught English and Comparative Literature at Stanford University since 1990 – first as an assistant professor (1990-94), then as an associate professor (1995-2001), and finally as a full professor (2001-present).
* A full list of Palumbo-Liu’s courses and publications can be viewed here on his Curriculum Vitae.
* In an April 2016 article in Salon, Palumbo-Liu urged his readers to educate themselves regarding the Arab-Israeli conflict by reading analyses produced by organizations such as Mondoweiss, Jewish Voice for Peace, the American Friends Service Committee, Electronic Intifada, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the Middle East Children’s Alliance, and Betselem.
* Palumbo-Liu resides in the Bay Area of California, where Stanford University is located. His wife, Sylvie Palumbo-Liu, also teaches in the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages (French) at Stanford.
* In a January 18, 2018 op-ed in the Stanford Daily (student newspaper), Palumbo-Liu denounced President Donald Trump as a vulgar racist who had: “claimed that neo-Nazis are ‘good people’”; “swept aside and evacuated decades of science”; “destroyed individuals and families through inhumane immigration policies”; and “so deregulated the financial world in a mad and terrifyingly effective transference of public resources into private wealth that the next [stock market] crash will be 10 times worse than that of 2008.”