Lloyd Alimboyao Sy

Lloyd Alimboyao Sy joins Yale as Assistant Professor in the Department of English on July 1, 2024. Sy is a literary historian specializing in American literature of the long nineteenth century, especially Native/Indigenous literatures and environmental humanities. He is currently completing a book project about deforestation in American letters between 1830 and 1920. Broadly, it argues that Native authors reinvigorated images of fallen trees and fallen forests, often taken as indications of settler colonial triumph, to suggest how artistic and cultural regeneration could persist through environmental degradation. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Early American Literature, J19, Poe Studies, and Studies in American Indian Literatures. Sy got his A.B. in computer science and English at Brown University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia, where he was a Jefferson Fellow.