Master Teacher of Liberal Studies Program
D.A. (Doctor of Arts), St. John’s University, New York
Ph. D. University of Bombay, India
Area of Interests: South Asian Studies, Anglophone World Literature, Anglo-Indian Ethnographic Studies, Global Cultural Studies
Course(s) Taught: Global Cultures (South Asian Studies), Cultural Foundations III, Writing I & II
- Senior Associate Member, St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford, UK
- Certified Docent, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
- Japan Studies Association Grant, Otani University, Kyoto, Japan, 2014
- LSP Research Challenge Grant 2013, 2010
- NEH Summer Grant at Institute de l’Histoire du Temps Present, Paris, France, 2012
- N.E.H. Summer Grant at University of Hawai’i 2006
The best teachers are life-long learners and the most successful learning is collaborative: Be open to learning from students.
When students and faculty share life-experiences–both verbally and through their writing–the development of ‘world-view’ is encouraged.
New York City is the world’s best classroom. Liberal Studies offers endless opportunity to extend classroom space into the city and beyond. Go forth, explore, discover and be enlightened.
- Global Secularisms in a Post-Secular World (Eds. Michael Rectenwald, Rochelle Almeida and George Levine), Wilhem de Gruyter Publishers, (Berlin and Boston: Forthcoming Spring 2015)
- The Politics of Mourning: Grief-Management in Cross-Cultural Fiction (Fairleigh-Dickinson UP, New Jersey, 2005)
- Originality and Imitation: Indianness in the Novels of Kamala Markandaya (Rawat, Jaipur, India, 2000)
Chapters in Scholarly Journals:
- “Britain’s Anglo-Indians: Confusion of Identity and Paradoxes of Belonging”. The International Journal of Anglo-Indian Studies, Eds. Robyn Andrews and Brent Otto, Vol. 13, No. 1, August 2013.
- “A Thousand and One Nights in the Pedagogic Global Village: Cross-Cultural and Transnational Connections”. Medievales 51. La Reception Mondiale et Transdisciplinaire des Mille et Une Nuits. Edited by Wael Rabadi and Isabelle Bernard. Presses du Centre d’Etudes Medievales, Universite de Picardie—Jules Verne, Amiens, France, 2012, pp.17-30.
- “Anglo-Indian Migrants: Children of Colonialism and the Cultural Geographies of Encounter”. Experiences of Freedom in Post-Colonial Literatures and Cultures. Eds. Annalisa Oboe and Shaul Bassi. Routledge, London and New York, 2011, pp. 151-162.
- “Independence”. Chapter 22 in South Asia and the Indian Sub-Continent in The Cultural History of Reading, Volume 1. Ed. Gabrielle Watling, Greenwood Press, Westport, Connecticut and London, 2006, pp. 465-483.
- “Contemporary Period”. Chapter 23 in South Asia and the Indian Sub-Continent in The Cultural History of Reading, Volume 1, Ed. Gabrielle Watling, Greenwood Press, Westport, Connecticut and London, 2006, pp. 485-517.
- “Representations of South Asian Femininity: Evolution in Bharati Mukherjee”. in The Expatriate Indian Writing in English. Eds. T. Vinoda and P. Shailaja. Prestige Books, New Delhi, 2006, pp. 75-89.
- “Urban Transgressions: The City as a Corrupting Influence in the Novels of Kamala Markandaya”. South Asian Review, 20:17, December 1996, 57-65.
- “On Portobello Road” (Short story) in Indian Voices: An Anthology of Prose and Poetry by Emerging Indian Writers Around the World, Volume 1, Ed. Jasmine D’Costa, FortyTwo Bookz Galaxy, Bombay, India, 2011; pp. 192-197.
- “Stranger on a Bus” (Short story) on Ducts.org.
- “Unfinished Symphony” (Short story) on Anglo-Indian Homepage.