Born in Malaya (subsequently ‘Malaysia’), Kenneth Surin completed his high school education in Wales, before obtaining a PhD in Philosophy and Theology from the University of Birmingham in 1977. He taught in city schools around Cambridge (UK) for seven years before getting his first academic job at the University of Gloucestershire. In 1987 he took up a position in the Department of Religion at Duke University, North Carolina. He moved to the Program in Literature and Critical Theory in 1992. He is currently Professor of Literature, with a joint appointment in the Department of Religion and an adjunct appointment in the German Studies PhD Program. He has also been Director of Duke’s Center for European Studies and Chair of the Program in Literature. His most recent book is Freedom not Yet: Liberation and the Next World Order (Duke University Press).