I'm an assistant professor in postcolonial and South Asian literatures. My research is on culture, war and ethno-religious-national conflict in the 20th and 21st centuries, specializing in the comparative study of Northern Ireland, Israel/Palestine and South Asia. My current book project works with critical border studies and geocriticism to explore how literary and cinematic mediations of 20th century partitions map spaces of conflict.
I'm also working on a project called Locating Kurdish Culture in Canada that studies cultural identity in exile. I have previously published on topics including the railway in Indian literary imagination; narratology and the Partition of Bengal; South Asian Irish cultural production; Bengali and Bangladeshi resistance writing; the militant body in Northern Ireland and Palestine; and the anxiety of post-partition Irishness.
Supervisory and Research Interests
Postcolonial and comparative literatures; South Asian literatures and cultures; Irish literature and culture; the Arab-Israeli conflict; Palestinian writing; war, (post-)conflict and partition studies; spatial literary studies and theory; critical border studies.
Recent and upcoming courses include:
ENGL 103 Case Studies in Research: Language Politics in Irish Literature
ENGL 210 Conflict and Literature
ENGL 222 Reading Race and Ethnicity
ENGL 305 Literature and Religion
ENGL 367 Contemporary Literature and Culture
ENGL 426 The Short Story in South Asia
ENGL 481 Border, Lines and Walls
ENGL 569 Borders as Methodologies
Selected works from the Indian context. Content and period focus may vary. Prerequisite: *6 of junior English, or *3 of junior English plus WRS 101.Winter Term 2021