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PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

Associate Professor, Department of English, University of California-Berkeley, 2020—Present

LGBTQ Citizenship Cluster Member, Othering and Belonging Institute

Affiliated Faculty Member:

Program in Critical Theory

Department of Gender and Women’s Studies

Department of South and South East Asian Studies

Center for Race and Gender

Institute for South Asia Studies (Executive Committee, Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies)

Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of California-Berkeley, 2014—2020

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 Literature, University of Pennsylvania, 2011.

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

PUBLICATIONS

Books

An Empire of Touch: Women’s Political Labor & the Fabrication of East Bengal. Gender & Culture Series, Columbia University Press, 2019. (South Asia Imprint, Penguin-Random House, 2019).

Winner of the Harry Levin Prize for Outstanding First Book in the Field, American Comparative Literature Association, 2020.

Winner of Helen Tartar First Book Subvention Prize, American Comparative Literature Association, 2017.

Reviewed in South Asian Review

Fascination: America’s “Hindu” Cults. (in progress)

 

Refereed Articles

“On Not Being Born: Experiments in Contraception in the Era of Demopower.” (forthcoming, Signs: Journal of Women & Culture, Autumn 2021)

“Queering the Womb: Surrogacy and the Economics of Reproductive Feeling.” (forthcoming, Queer Kinship: Erotic Affinities and the Politics of Belonging, ed. Elizabeth Freeman and Tyler Bradway, Duke University Press, 2021)

“Conspiracy Rises Again: Racial Sympathy and Radical Solidarity Across Empires During WWI.” qui parle: Critical Humanities and Social Sciences. (December 2019)

“Terrorist Still Life.” Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. (Vol. 21: 2019)

“Introduction to Terrorist, Refugee, Casualty.” Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. (21.6: 2019)

“Unwatched/Unmanned: Drone Strikes & The Aesthetics of the Unseen.” in Unwatchable. Ed. Nicholas Baer, Maggie Hennefeld, Laura Horak, and Gunnar Iversen. (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers UP, 2018)

“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.

 

Edited Issues

“Terrorist, Refugee, Casualty: Extrajudicial Bodies of the New Empires.” Interventions. (21.6: 2019)

 

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.

 

Public Writing

“Too Privileged to Protest?,” Letters to the Editor, The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 21 2017.

In Progress

“Uncertainty as Ethics: Reflections on Amy Kaplan.” Journal of American Studies (Solicited, forthcoming May 2021).

SELECTED INVITED TALKS

“From the Throat: Women’s Textile Work & Memories of Disaster in Bangladesh,” Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, November 2020.

“What’s Empire Got to Do with It?” Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Stanford University, October 2020.

“The Orange People: Fashion & Rajneeshi Cult Culture,” Stanford Humanities Center, March 2020.

“An Empire of Touch,” Departments of English and Women Gender & Sexuality Studies, and the C19 Anglophone Collective, University of Southern California, April 2020.

“Thoughts on the Khoabnama,” Department of Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University, April 2020.

“Cultish Feelings,” Department of American Studies and Program in Women and Gender Studies, Yale University, October 2020.

“Contingency,” Political Concepts Conference, Brown University, December 2019.

“An Empire of Touch,” Center for Contemporary South Asia, Brown University, May 2019.

“Conjuring Conspiracy,” Center for Race and Gender, UC Berkeley, September 2018.

“Empire’s Vampire,” On the Subject of Ethnonationalisms Conference, UC Berkeley, April 2018.

“Dropped Stitches,” Institute for the Humanities and Global Cultures (IHGC-UVA), University of Virginia, November 2017.

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

“The Touch and Feel of Fetish: On Fabrics of National Life,” BRAC University, Department of Social Science and Economics, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 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,” Fund for Irish Studies, Princeton University, April 2015.

“Representations of Poverty,” Roundtable Discussion, “Berkeley On the Same Page: Behind the Beautiful Forevers,” UC-Berkeley, September 2015.

“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. (invited respondent)

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

“Fruits of the Loom,” BRAC University, Department of English, Dhaka, Bangladesh, December 2014.

“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, Providence, RI, November 2011.

SELECTED CONFERENCE AND OTHER PRESENTATIONS

“The Persistence of Comparative Literary Studies,” invited speaker, Modern Language Association Annual Meeting, January 2021.

“Self/Ish/Less,” MLA: Modern Language Association Annual Meeting, January 2020.

“Namaste Bitches: The Aesthetics and Economics of Mass Market Yoga Spirituality,” ASAP: Association for Study of the Arts of the Present Annual Meeting, October 2019.

“Queering the Womb,” American Studies Association Annual Conference, November 2019.

“Thoughts on a Crowd,” The Annual Conference on South Asia, October 2019.

“Clothing Modernity Elsewhere,” at “Gender, Precarity, Materiality” Session, Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Meeting, New York, January 2018.

“This Blank, Raggy Life: Reading the Remains of Labor Across Time,” C19 Conference, Albuquerque, March 2018.

“Smoke in the Archive: Rumors of Repair & Violence in the Colonial Archive,” American Studies Association Annual Conference, Chicago, November 2017.

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

“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, Seattle, March 2014.

Chair and Respondent, “Genealogies of Anticolonialism,” Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, 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.

CONFERENCES & PANELS ORGANIZED

“New Directions in Bangladesh Studies,” UC- Berkeley, November 2019.

“Ethical Matters: Bodies, Ecologies, and Aesthetics of Difference,” ASAP: Association for Study of the Arts of the Present Annual Meeting, October 2019.

“Selfish Attitudes: Experiments in Postcolonial and Diasporic Thought,” Modern Language Association Annual Convention, January 2020.

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

 

SELECTED AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS

Residential Research Group Fellowship, “Truth,” University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI), Spring 2019.

Multi-campus Faculty Working Group Grant, co-convener, “Arts of Critique,” University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI), 2018-2019.

Faculty Workshop Grant, Institute for South Asia Studies, UC Berkeley, 2018.

Helen Tartar First Book Subvention Prize, American Comparative Literature Association, 2017.

Hellman Family Fund Fellowship, 2016.

Humanities Research Fund, UC-Berkeley, 2017.

Manuscript Conference Fellowship, Institute for International Studies, UC-Berkeley, 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.

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

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.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Editorial Board, Critical South Book Series, Polity Press.

Editorial Advisory Board, Critical Times.

Faculty Advisor, Psychoanalysis Group, Townsend Center for the Humanities, 2020-2021.

Board of Directors, Berkeley Faculty Association, 2021- 2023.

Selection Committee, Philip Brett LGBT Studies Fellowship, UC Berkeley, 2019.

Search Committee, Hindi Language, Literature and Cultures, Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley, 2019.

Fellowship Committee, Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke College, 2019- 2021.

Manuscript Review Workshop for Sarah Besky, Assistant Professor, Brown University, 2018.

Judge, Lambda Literary Awards, 2017.

Admissions Committee, Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory, UC-Berkeley, 2017.

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

Graduate Placement Committee, Department of English, UC-Berkeley, 2014-2015; 2017-2018.

Lecture and Events Committee, Department of English, UC-Berkeley, 2015-2017.

Reviewer, differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies.

Reviewer, Third World Quarterly.

Reviewer, Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies.

Reviewer, Comparative Literature.

Reviewer, American Quarterly.

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

Affiliated Faculty, Department of American Studies, Dickinson College.

Affiliated Faculty, Department of Women and Gender Studies, Dickinson College.

Affiliated Faculty, Department of American Africana Studies, Dickinson College.

Hiring Committee Member, Department of English, Dickinson College, 2012-2013.

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.

Coordinator, Graduate Admitted Students’ Weekend, Department of English, University of Pennsylvania, 2008.

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

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

LANGUAGES

Bengali- Spoken, Reading, Written: Fluency

French- Reading: Fluency; Spoken & Writing: High Proficiency

Bahasa Indonesia- Spoken & Reading: Proficiency