Carnegie Mellon University

Marian Aguiar

Marian Aguiar

Associate Professor of English

Bio

My fields of expertise include culture and globalization, postcolonial studies, and feminism. I have a particular interest in the study of South Asia and the South Asian diaspora. My most recent book, Arranging Marriage: Conjugal Agency in the South Asian Diaspora (University of Minnesota, 2018) looks at gendered cultural narratives produced in transnational contexts. I identify how narratives about arranged marriage bear upon questions of consent, agency, state power, and national belonging. My early research focused on mobility and modernity in South Asia. 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 as a mobile space. I have continued to work on both transnationalism and the imagination of movement with my current book project Refugee Mobilities and in my capacity as co-editor of the Palgrave McMillan book series Studies in Mobilities, Literature and Culture.