Carnegie Mellon University

Associate Professor of English


My fields of expertise include culture and globalization, postcolonial and transnational studies. I have a particular interest in the study of South Asia and the South Asian diaspora. My research has focused on the question, "What does it mean to be modern?" My first book, Tracking Modernity: India, Trains, and the Culture of Mobility (University of Minnesota, 2011), explores cultural representations of modernity by considering how the railway was imagined in colonial, nationalist and postcolonial South Asian contexts. My current book project looks at conjugal narratives in the South Asian diaspora in Britain and the United States; it considers how the domestic arena of marriage becomes central to transnational processes. I regularly teach on culture and globalization, global women's writing, and South Asian literature. My articles have appeared in Cultural Critique, Modern Fiction Studies, Journal of Modern Literature, as well as in edited book collections. Most recently, my work was featured in a special collection on the most important articles on postcolonial literary studies published in Modern Fiction Studies in the past thirty years.