Sorin Radu Cucu

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Room: M-Building, M-204
Phone: (718) 482-5940

Monday- Thursday  9 a.m.- 5 p.m.


  • Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, SUNY Buffalo

Areas of Expertise or Research

  • Literary and rhetorical theory
  • Sociology of art and aesthetics
  • Comparative modernism
  • World literature
  • Cold War studies


Sorin Radu Cucu is an Associate Professor of English at LaGuardia. In his ENG 101 classes, students write reflectively and analytically about happiness, flourishing and peace of mind. In Prof. Cucu’s ENG102 classes, students discover that writers make choices that are informed by the standards of their craft as well as by the mission to explore ideas, beliefs, stories and experiences differently. Literary art provokes students to imagine and think differently, that is, to approach, in their own writing, familiar things differently as well as to connect to ‘things’ they are not able to experience directly.

He is the author of The Underside of Politics: Global Fictions in the Fog of the Cold War published by Fordham UP (2013). He co-edited a special issue of The Journal of World Literature (Dec. 2022) with Shuang Shen (Penn State University). Recent publications include “World Literature as Palimpsest: Towards an Agonistic Idea of Cold War Literature,” “Moby Dick and Perpetual War” and “Acts of Collusion: Myth, Media and Populist Imagination.”