B.A., Jawaharlal Nehru University (India); M.A., Purdue University; Ph.D., Duke University
Anjali PrabhuMargaret E. Deffenbaugh and LeRoy T. Carlson Professor in Comparative Literary Studies
Theories dealing with race and inequity, the global 18th century, African, cinema, colonial & postcolonial, French & Francophone, Indian Ocean and Caribbean studies.
Beyond Wellesley, I have served extensively in the Modern Language Association. Editorial Boards on which I have served or do serve are those of: PMLA, Research in African Literatures, The Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry, and the Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy.
I am excited about learning new things -- new languages, in particular, even as I regret not having had the circumstance where a single language could register as a “mother tongue.” I have studied, and have varying levels of competency in, English, French, German, Spanish, Hindi, Tamil, Russian, Japanese, Sanskrit, Mauritian and Martinican Creoles, and Latin at various times in my life and I speak a few others without having endeavored to read or write them. I have worked with original texts in five of these languages. Most recently, I have been studying Persian to better understand India in the global eighteenth-century context for my forthcoming work.
I enjoy reconnecting with the languages and rhythms of cities that have been my home in different countries, on different continents. I love experimenting with cooking to reflect my experiences and the confluence of different traditions and cultures in my family. I mentor young people in a number of contexts. I do design projects (clothes and décor) and find time for practicing karate, incorporating exercise into my daily activities (often to the amusement of my boys!), gardening, doing some sketching and writing that are not for publishing, and, above all, balancing out the fire of the mind, body, and spirit!