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. My writing has appeared in journals, books, and collections in the fields of postcolonial/Francophone studies, Women's studies, African studies, philosophy/theory, and film studies. I frequently participate in scholarly conferences or give talks in these fields. My courses at encompass these areas.
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 have also held the Whitehead Chair in Critical Thought. I have served on the advisory board of the Cinema and Media Studies program and teach courses for the program. I have also been involved in the Middle Eastern Studies program. Some other committees I have served or do serve on are the Extra-Mural Fellowships Committee, the Library and Technology Committee, and the Merit Committee. Beyond Wellesley, I am an active member in the Modern Language Association. I have served on the Committee for Academic Freedom and Professional Rights and Responsibilities, the Program Committee, and as an elected member on the Delegate Assembly. I am also an outgoing member of the MLA's Postcolonial Division Executive Committee, having served as its Chair.
I serve on the Editorial Boards of Research in African Literatures, The International Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy, and the 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. I recently earned a black belt in karate.