Kavita Daiya

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Associate Professor of English
Phillips Hall, Room 615
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Areas of Expertise

Colonial and Postcolonial Literatures and Theory, Women’s and Gender Studies, Asian American Literature and Cinema, Feminist and Queer Theory, Race and Globalization, Digital Humanities, visual and new media cultures, Bollywood cinema, imperialism, migration, Subaltern Studies.

Associate Professor of English

Current Research

My work focuses on the cultural inscription and ecological footprint of violence and displacement in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries in a range of sites from India to South Africa and the United States. Studying how colonial violence and state violence operate through constructs of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity and able-bodiedness, my articles and books explore modernist and postmodernist fiction along with memoirs, Bollywood and art films from India, transnational cinema, and televisual archives, to map formations of belonging, intimacy and sustainability in Asian and Asian American experience. I also serve as Associate Editor of South Asian Review, the journal of the South Asian Literary Association (an MLA Allied Organization).


Ph.D. Department of English Language and Literature, University of Chicago.


Violent Belongings: Partition, Gender and National Culture in Postcolonial India (Philadelphia: Temple University Press [2008] 2011); New Delhi: Yoda Press, 2013


“Local, National, Global: Gender, Sexuality and Intimacy in Indian Fiction” in The Cambridge History of the Indian Novel in English, ed. Ulka Anjaria (London, NY: Cambridge UP, forthcoming).

“Refugees, Gender and Secularism in South Asian Literature and Cinema” in Representations of War, Migration and Refugeehood: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, eds. Daniel Rellstab and Christiane Schlote (Routledge, forthcoming, 2014).

“Visual Culture and Violence: Inventing Intimacy and Citizenship in Recent South Asian Cinema” in South Asian Transnationalisms: Cultural Exchange in the Twentieth Century (Routledge South Asian History and Culture Series).  Ed. Babli Sinha.  New Delhi and London: Routledge, 2012.

“Visual Culture and Violence: Inventing Intimacy and Citizenship in Recent South Asian Cinema,” South Asian History and Culture 2.4 (2011): 589-604.

“Home and the Nation: Women, Citizenship and Transnational Migration in Postcolonial Literature.” Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 44.4 (Dec 2008): 391-402.

“Postcolonial Masculinity: 1947, Partition Violence and Nationalism in the Indian Public Sphere,” Genders March 2006. 

“Provincializing America: Engaging Postcolonial Critique and Asian American Studies in a Transnational Mode,” South Asian Review 26.2 (Dec 2005): 265-275.

“’No Home But in Memory:’ Migrant Bodies and Belongings, Globalization and Nationalism in Amitav Ghosh’s Novels,” in Brinda Bose, ed., Amitav Ghosh: Critical Essays (New Delhi: Pencraft International, 2003).

“‘Honourable Resolutions:’ Gendered Violence, Ethnicity and the Nation,” Alternatives: Global Local Political 27.2 (April-June 2002) 72-86.

Reviews and essays:

Book Review, Realism in the Twentieth Century Indian Novel by Ulka Anjaria, South Asian Review 36 (2014).

Book Review, Changing Homelands: Hindu Politics and the Partition of India by Neeti Nair, Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 55 (2012): 183-213.

Book Review, Constructing the Criminal Tribe: Acting like a thief by Henry Schwarz, Journal of South Asian History and Culture 2.03(2011): 447-450.

Co-author, “Introduction: Imagining South Asia,” Special Issue of South Asian Review, Winter 2008. 

“Cultural Politics”, Verve, September 2009.

“26/11: A Historical Perspective,” Verve, special issue on 26/11, January 2009.