B.A., Jawaharlal Nehru University (India); M.A., Purdue University; Ph.D., Duke University
Professor of French
Works in postcolonial studies, Francophone studies, cultural theory (especially French theory), cinema studies, African studies.
My fields are literature, film, culture and theory and my writing has appeared in journals, books, and collections in the fields of postcolonial studies, African studies, philosophy/theory, and film studies. I frequently participate in scholarly conferences or give talks in these fields.
At Wellesley I have been a Fellow at the Newhouse Center for the Humanities, and am serving a second term on its advisory board. I held the Whitehead Chair in Critical Thought. I have served on the advisory board of the Cinema and Media Studies program, teach in that program, and been involved in the Middle Eastern Studies program. Beyond Wellesley, I have been an active member in the Modern Language Association. I have served on the Committee for Academic Freedom and Professional Rights and Responsibilities; am currently on the Program Committee, and serve as an elected member on the Delegate Assembly. I am currently Chair of the Postcolonial Division's Executive Committee.
I serve on the Editorial Boards of Research in African Literatures, The International Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy, and newly inaugurated Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry.
I enjoy spending time with my family and keeping track of its more distant branches in diverse parts of the world. I try to stay active in mind and body, and recently earned a black belt in karate.