I am Assistant Professor of English at the University of Mississippi where I specialize in representations of nationalism and cultural belonging in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Indian literature. I earned my Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016 and M.A. degrees in South Asian Studies and English from the University of Michigan in 2009. My research and teaching interests include postcolonial literature and theory with a focus on South Asia, theory of the novel, global literatures of protest and resistance, contemporary South Asian diasporic literature and film, and British imperial philosophies and literatures of empire. My articles and reviews have been published or are forthcoming in Verge: Studies in Global Asias, Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, and South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies.
My book manuscript-in-progress, Imagining Bharat: Romance, Heroism, and Hindu Nationalism in the Indian Novel, 1880-1930, examines how colonial Indian writers conceptualized and critiqued the emerging idea of India as the mythic Hindu space Bharat at the turn of the twentieth century. Analyzing a range of early Indian novels composed primarily in English, Imagining Bharat argues that the genre played a central role in perpetuating the cultural imagining of India as fundamentally Hindu by appropriating elements of indigenous oral and literary traditions alongside key tropes of British Orientalism. The study demonstrates the primacy of the early Indian novel in spreading protonationalist ideas, deepening understandings of the genre’s development and deployment beginning in the late nineteenth century. The authors I examine include Bankim Chattopadhyay, Kali Kumar Sinha, Sarath Kumar Ghosh, Siddha Mohana Mitra, Rabindranath Tagore, and Vinayak Damodar Savarkar.