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Before accepting this unique opportunity at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia, in January 2018, I taught at the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IIT Roorkee, India), The City University of New York (CUNY), the University of Maryland at Baltimore County (UMBC), and other American institutions. In addition to a joint PhD in English and Comparative Literature/ Critical Theory, I hold English & Critical Theory certificates from Cornell and Cambridge universities. I also hold Digital Humanities certificates from forums including DHSI at Victoria, Canada; ESUDH at Leipzig, Germany; and DHOxSS at Oxford, UK. I speak, in this order, English, Hindi/ Urdu, Spanish, and German.


 

I am co-editor of “South Asian Digital Humanities: Postcolonial Mediations across Technology’s Cultural Canon” (London: Routledge/ Taylor & Francis, 2020), co-author of “Migration, Gender and Home Economics in Rural North India” (New Delhi: Routledge/ Taylor & Francis, 2019), author of “Homelandings: Postcolonial Diasporas & Transatlantic Belonging” (London & New York: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2016), and co-editor of “Revisiting India’s Partition: New Essays in Memory, Culture, and Politics” (New York: Lexington Books/ Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan, 2016). I have widely published peer-reviewed essays in diverse fields, and have held various grants and fellowships at Washington, Cornell, Cambridge, Humboldt-Berlin, Yale, and Leipzig universities.


 

I’ve recently delivered talks at Emory University, Virginia Tech, University of Delhi, University of Melbourne, and the University of California-Berkeley. My teaching commits to students during and after their studies, the competitive job market, and interfaces of technology with everyday life. I have strong stakes in diversity, equity, and inclusion (cultivated by my upbringing in Washington, DC). My teaching and research critically interrogate power relations that buttress technology, race, class, gender, sexuality, colonialism, nationality, etc., that surface in the 21st Century. As such, I aim to transform skewed power relations within diverse learning spaces, and have lived in the USA, UK, Germany, and India in addition to Australia. I am Co-Editor, with Professor Bina Fernandez (University of Melbourne), of the Routledge/ Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) South Asian Book Series.

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