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Professional History

Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of California- Berkeley, 2014- Present.

Affiliated Faculty Member:
Program in Critical Theory
Department of Gender and Women’s Studies
Center for Race and Gender
Institute for South Asia Studies

Assistant Professor, Department of English, Dickinson College, 2011—2014.

Artemis A.W. and Martha Joukowsky Postdoctoral Fellow, Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, Brown University, 2011-2012.

Education

Ph.D., English, University of Pennsylvania, 2011.

B.A., Highest Honors in English Literature and International Relations, Mount Holyoke College, 2004.

Publications

Refereed Articles
“Women on Fire: Sati, Consent, and the Revolutionary Subject.” differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies. (24.3: Summer 2013) 63-100. 

“Singing Bengal into a Nation: Tagore, Nationalism, and Colonial Cosmopolitanism.” Journal of Modern Literature. (36.2: Winter 2013) 1-24.

Review Essays
Review of Yasmin Saikia, Women, War, and the Making of Bangladesh: Remembering 1971. Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. (15.3: 2013) 450-1.

Invited Talks

“The Matter of an Ivory Statuette,” Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT-Mumbai, July 2015.

“Shared Breath, Shared Blood: Conspiring Against British Vampirism in the New American Empire,” University of Washington, South Asia Center and the Departments of History, English, and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, May 2015.

“Easter Risings: The Irish Insurrection in India,” Princeton University, Fund for Irish Studies, April 2015.

“Fruits of the Loom,” BRAC University, December 2014.

“The Afterlives of Pritilata Waddedar,” Naripokkho, Dhaka, Bangladesh, December 2013.

“The Touch and Feel of Fetish: On Fabrics of National Life,” University of Albany, SUNY, Department of English, November 2013.

“The Twentieth-Century Market,” Modernism and Twentieth Century Group, University of Pennsylvania, September 2013.

“Fabric and Feces: Textures and Textiles of Anticolonialism,” Materialism and The Colony, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, May 2013.

“The Terrorist Still Life,” First Exposure Symposium, Northeastern University, April 2013.

“Engaging Theory on the Move,” Theory on the Move: Three Decades of Critical Feminist Thinking, A Scholarly Conference in Celebration of the Pembroke Center’s 30th Anniversary, Brown University, November 2011.

Selected Conference and Other Presentations

“Material Cultures: Tracing Labor, Language, and Knowledge Across the Indian Ocean,” American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Annual Conference, March 2016.

“Affective Bodies: Performative Cultures and Aesthetic Practice,” Conversation and Roundtable with visual artist Pushpamala N in conjunction with San Jose Museum of Art, UC-Berkeley, April 2015.

“Activism, Journalism, Life, and Literature: Sandip Roy and South Asian Queer Diaspora,” Panelist, Institute for South Asia Studies, UC-Berkeley, February 2015.

“The Matter of an Ivory Statuette,” at “How Should Comparatists ‘Read’ Literature?” Session, Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Meeting, Vancouver, January 2015.

“Fragmented Forms of Violence,” National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference (NWSA), San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 2014.

“Selfsame Ivory and the Female Touch,” The Annual Conference on South Asia- Feminist South Asia Pre-Conference, University of Wisconsin, October 2014.

“Inanimate Violence: The Ethics and Aesthetics of the Terrorist Image,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference (SCMS), Seattle, March 2014.

Respondent, “Genealogies of Anticolonialism,” Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Meeting, Chicago, January 2014.

“Idle Hands, Reparative Work: Rehabilitation, Development, and Legacies of Sexual Violence in Bangladesh,” The Annual Conference on South Asia- Feminist South Asia Pre-Conference, University of Wisconsin, October 2013.

“‘Become a Thinking Bomb’: Abjection and the Corpsely Life of the Female Terrorist,” Terror and the Inhuman Conference, Brown University, October 2012.

“(Ins)Urgent Archive: Historicizing Revolutionary Violence,” The Annual Conference on South Asia- Feminist South Asia Pre-Conference, University of Wisconsin, October 2012.

“Exiles, Revolutionaries, and Conspirators: Anticolonial Conspiracy at the Margins of Nations.” American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting (ACLA), Providence, RI, April 2012.

“‘A great violence on my own nature’: Gender and Violence in Revolutionary Terrorism in Bengal,” Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Convention (NeMLA), Rochester, NY, March 2012.

“Sister Wives: Kinship and Impossible Attachments in Satyajit Ray’s Ghare Baire and Deepa Mehta’s Fire,” Love, Sex, Desire, and the (Post)Colonial Conference, University of London, October 2011

“Oedipus in India: Colonialism, Psychoanalysis, and the Revolutionary Subject,” Transnational Modernism and Psychoanalysis Seminar, Modernist Studies Association Annual Conference, Montreal, November 2009.

Respondent, Professor Deborah Thomas Presentation on Jamaica and Reparations, University of Pennsylvania Faculty Ethnohistory Workshop, October 2009.

“Desire and Disillusionment in Tagore’s The Home and the World.” Latitudes, University of Pennsylvania, March 2009.

“Erotics of Nationalism in Tagore’s The Home and the World,” South Asian Literary Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, December 2008.

Conferences Organized

Co-organizer, ReThinking Sex: Gender and Sexuality Studies State of the Field Conference (2009), with Professor Heather Love, University of Pennsylvania

Press

“Jano Kachher Kayo, Pritilata,” (Bengali) Prothom Alo, December 25, 2013.

Selected Awards and Fellowships

Hellman Fellowship, The Hellman Family Fund, 2016.

The 1905 Fellowship, Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke College, 2015.

Hannum-Warner Travel Fellowship, Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke College, 2015.

Feminist Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship (Declined), Duke University, 2014-2015.

Humanities Center Fellow, “The Dark Room II: Race and Visual Culture Seminar,” Northeastern University, 2013-2014.

Humanities Center Fellow, “The Dark Room: Race and Visual Culture Seminar,” Northeastern University, 2012-2013.

Clarke Center for Contemporary Issues Faculty Seminar Fellow, “Sexuality and Societies,” Dickinson College, Fall 2012.

Mahindra Humanities Center Psychoanalytic Practices Group, Harvard University, 2011-2012.

Benjamin Franklin Scholar, University of Pennsylvania, 2005- 2011.

University of Pennsylvania Graduate Travel Grant, 2011.

Stuart Curran Graduate Research Grant, University of Pennsylvania, 2010.

Daglish Chew Graduate Research Grant, University of Pennsylvania, 2010.

SASgov Graduate Travel Grant, University of Pennsylvania, 2009.

Pew Presidential Prize Summer Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, 2008.

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship: Bengali, 2006; 2007.

Samuel Preston Graduate Prize Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, 2005.

Fulbright Fellowship, Indonesia, 2005.

Inaugural Recipient, Mount Holyoke Presidential Scholar/Leader Award, 2004.

Mary Lyon Scholar, Mount Holyoke College, 2004.

Virginia Lee Barnes Prize in English/American Studies/Women’s Studies/Medieval Studies, Mount Holyoke College, 2004.

Phi Beta Kappa Prize, Mount Holyoke College, 2004.

Selected Professional Service

UC Berkeley Editorial Advisory Board, Critical Times: Interventions in Global Critical Theory

Executive Committee, Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, UC-Berkeley.

Lectures and Events Committee, Department of English, UC-Berkeley, 2015-2016.

Graduate Placement Committee, Department of English, UC-Berkeley, 2014-2015.

Faculty Advisor, Student Advisory Committee, Department of English, Dickinson College, 2013-2014.

Manuscript Reader, differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies.

Reviewer, Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies.

Seminar Organizer and Chair, “Rhetorics of the Non-State,” American Comparative Literature Association Annual Convention, April 2012.

Graduate Admissions Committee Reader, Department of English, University of Pennsylvania, 2009.

Organizer, Latitudes: Postcolonialism, Transnationalism, Race, and Empire Reading Group, University of Pennsylvania, 2007-2009.

President, Mount Holyoke Club of Philadelphia, 2005-2009.

Board Member, Mount Holyoke College Alumnae Council, 2005-2009.

References

Available on request.