Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Mississippi, 2016 – present

Education

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Ph.D. in English, 2016
Certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies
Certificate in College and University Teaching
Dissertation: Imagining Bharat: Romance, Heroism, and Hindu Nationalism in the Bengali Novel, 1880-1920

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
M.A. in English Language and Literature, 2009
M.A. in South Asian Studies, 2009

Emory University, Atlanta, GA
B.A. in English and Political Science, Summa Cum Laude, Minor in Philosophy, 2004

Publications

Book Manuscript-in-Progress
Imagining Bharat: Romance, Heroism, and Hindu Nationalism in the Indian Novel, 1880-1930. This monograph examines how turn-of-the-century Indian writers negotiated the emerging understanding of India as the mythic Hindu space "Bharat" and how their particular deployments of the novel perpetuated or contested this potent cultural imagining that endures among India's Hindu majority and the diaspora.

Peer-Reviewed Articles
“A Grand Asiatic Empire: Swadeshi Transnationalism and the Expanse of Bharat in the Early Indian Anglophone Novel.” Verge: Studies in Global Asias. Forthcoming, Vol. 5, No. 1 (2019)

“The Mughal Past and the Politics of Memorialization in Ahmed Ali's Twilight in Delhi.The Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies. Forthcoming, (2019)

“Nation After World: Rethinking ‘The End of Postcolonial Theory’” in “From Postcolonial to Global Anglophone: South Asia as Test Case,” with Nasia Anam, Gaurav Desai, Roanne Kantor, Akshya Saxena, Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan, and Rebecca Walkowitz. Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Vol. 20, No. 3 (2018): https://doi.org/10.1080/1369801X.2018.1452625

Review
Rev. of Realism in the Twentieth-Century Indian Novel: Colonial Difference and Literary Form, by Ulka Anjaria. South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, Vol. 37, No. 1 (2014): http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00856401.2014.890163

In-Progress
"Interpreting India: Hindu Heroism in Sarath Kumar Ghosh's Indian Nights' Entertainment." 

“At the Edge of Dystopia: The Crisis of Radical Optimism in Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West.”

Conference Panels Convened

Co-organizer, “Global Terrorism and the Contemporary South Asian Novel." American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference, March 2018

Co-chair and Discussant, “India as Bharat: Gendered and Classed Bodies of the Nation." The 45th Annual Conference on South Asia, UW-Madison Center for South Asia, October 2016

Selected Conference Papers, Roundtables, and Presentations

"Pulping India in Imperial Britain: Sarath Kumar Ghosh's Short Fiction." Image-Text Encounters in South Asian Graphic Narratives Panel, The Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association, January 2019

"Dystopic Disruptions: Ressentiment in Mohsin Hamid's Exit West." Global Terrorism and the Contemporary South Asian Novel Panel, American Comparative Literature Association, March 2018

“Rethinking Confederate Monuments After Charlottesville.” Activism in Academia Conference, The Center for the Humanities, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, February 2018 (invited)

“Making India Hindu: Imagining Bharat in the Bengali Historical Novel.” History, Fiction, and Historical Fiction Panel, American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference, July 2017

“A Grand Asiatic Empire: Swadeshi Transnationalism and Ideas of Hindu India in the Early Indian Anglophone Novel.” Yale Modern South Asia Workshop, March 2017

Panelist, “South Asia in English: From ‘Postcolonial’ to Global Anglophone’” Roundtable. The 45th Annual Conference on South Asia, UW-Madison Center for South Asia, October 2016

“Hindu Heroism in Indian Nights’ Entertainment.” Adventures in Colonial and Postcolonial Literature Panel, The 44th Annual Conference on South Asia, UW-Madison Center for South Asia, October 2015

“Sarath Kumar Ghosh as Scheherazade: Hindu Heroism in Indian Nights’ Entertainment.” Latitudes Graduate Reading Group, Department of English, University of Pennsylvania, April 2015

“Imagining Bharat: Bankim Chattopadhyay’s Challenge to British Historiography in Anandamath.” Beyond Waverley: Writing Historical Fiction in the Periphery During the Long Nineteenth Century Panel, American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference, March 2015

“The Cosmopolitan Outsider: Richard Wright’s Fraught Internationalism in The Color Curtain.” Intersections: A Conversation between African American and Asian American Studies, University of Pennsylvania, November 2011

“The Realism Debate in Mulk Raj Anand’s Untouchable.” “Re-envisioning South Asian Literatures: South Asian Literatures in Comparative and World Literature” Panel, American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference, April 2011

“The Realism Debate in Mulk Raj Anand’s Untouchable.” “Directions of Realism” Graduate Conference, The Johns Hopkins University Humanities Center, February 2011

“The Controversy Surrounding ‘Leading-Strings’: Shifting Utilitarian Thought regarding British India.” “The Center Cannot Hold: The Movement of Ideas Between Imperial Centers and Peripheries” Graduate Conference, University of Notre Dame, October 2009

“The Duty to Remember and the Refusal to Forget: Revenge in Partition Literature.” Comparative Literature Intra-student Faculty Forum on Revenge, University of Michigan, March 2008

Selected Fellowships and Awards

University of Mississippi, Office of Global Engagement
Awarded an International Collaboration Grant to conduct archival research for Imagining Bharat at the National Library of India and the British Library in AY 2018-2019

University of Pennsylvania, Department of English
William Patrick Day Essay Contest, Fall 2015. Honorable Mention for the essay, “Sarath Kumar Ghosh as Scheherazade: Hindu Heroism in Indian Nights’ Entertainment

U.S. Department of State, Critical Language Scholarship Program
Awarded a Critical Language Scholarship to study Urdu at the American Institute of Indian Studies in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh in Summer 2013. Participated in an intensive cultural immersion program focusing on reading, writing, speaking, and oral comprehension skills of Urdu at the advanced level.

University of Pennsylvania, South Asia Center
Awarded a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship for the study of Advanced Hindi during AY 2009-2010

University of Michigan, Center for South Asian Studies
-Awarded a Summer Research Travel Grant to perform archival research for master’s thesis on Indian author Mulk Raj Anand at the University of Regina Archives and Special Collections in Summer 2009
-Awarded a FLAS Fellowship for the study of Advanced Hindi during AY 2008-2009

Teaching

At the University of Mississippi
“Living Hyphenated: South Asian American Literature and Film,” Spring 2018
“World Literature Since 1650,” Spring 2018
“World Literature Since 1650,” Fall 2017
“Writing Empire,” Fall 2017
“Narrative Across Cultures,” Spring 2017
“The Novel and Postcolonialism,” Spring 2017
“World Literature Since 1650,” Fall 2016

At the University of Pennsylvania
“Writing Empire,” Fall 2015  
“Postcolonial Writers,” Fall 2011 – Spring 2012

Service

At the University of Mississippi
Undergraduate Studies Committee, 2017-2018
Long-Term Hiring Committee, Spring 2017
Hiring Committee, Spring 2017
Edith T. Baine Young Scholars and Writers Lecture Series Committee, Fall 2016

At the University of Pennsylvania
Penn Undergraduate Mentoring Program, Graduate Mentor, Fall 2010-Spring 2016
Department of English, Graduate English Association, Vice-President, Fall 2012-Spring 2013
Department of English, Graduate English Association, Secretary, Fall 2011-Spring 2012
Department of English, Latitudes Graduate Reading Group, Co-coordinator, Fall 2011-Spring 2012

Other Professional Experience

U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Outstanding Scholars Program, Washington, D.C. Paralegal Specialist, December 2004 – July 2006

Languages

Hindi (intermediate proficiency in reading and writing; advanced proficiency in speaking)
Urdu (intermediate proficiency in reading and writing; advanced proficiency in speaking)
Latin (reading knowledge)

Professional Memberships

American Comparative Literature Association
Modern Language Association
Association for Asian Studies
Society for Novel Studies
South Asia Center, University of Pennsylvania (Affiliated Faculty Member)

References available upon request.