I am Assistant Professor of English at the University of Mississippi where I teach courses in postcolonial literature and theory with a focus on South Asia. 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 centers primarily on ideas of cultural belonging and nationalism in the colonial-era Indian novel in English. I am also interested in nineteenth-century British philosophies of empire, theory of the novel, critical race theory, contemporary South Asian diasporic literature and film, and global literatures of protest and resistance.
My book manuscript-in-progress, Imagining Bharat: Romance, Heroism, and Hindu Nationalism in the Indian Novel, 1880-1930, examines the idea of India as the mythic Hindu utopia Bharat as it was developed and debated in a variety of literary works composed in Bengali and English. It traces the longer history behind contemporary notions that India is a fundamentally Hindu nation called “Bharat,” a potent cultural imagining that endures among many Hindus within India and its diaspora. Authors examined include Bankim Chattopadhyay, Kali Kumar Sinha, Sarath Kumar Ghosh, Siddha Mohana Mitra, Rabindranath Tagore, and Vinayak Damodar Savarkar.