My current book project uses the current War on Terror in the Middle East to revisit such wars since 1960 waged against populations of color in the Middle East, North Africa, Central America, South Asia, and Southern Africa. The project draws extensively on postcolonial literature, photography, interdisciplinary arts, media and new media. I am especially interested in examining the situation of women as both perpetrators and targets of torture in such wars, and the relationship in which these narratives stand with respect to legacies of colonialism and neo-imperialism in a world of transnational feminist solidarities against postcolonial wars on terror.
Transnational Inquiries: Representing Postcolonial Violence and Cultures of Struggle, Special Issue of Postcolonial Text 7.1 (2012).
Directions: Discussions of Pedagogy, Gender, and Language. Morgantown: WVU Press, 1999.
"Transnational Feminism and Women Who Torture: Re-imag(in)ing Abu Ghraib Prison Photography." Postcolonial Text 7.1(2012) http://postcolonial.org/index.php/pct/article/view/1217
"Courtesans in the Academia?" Humanities Underground. Delhi University. 28 Jan. 2011. http://humanitiesunderground.wordpress.com/2011/01/28/courtesans-in-the-academia/
"Turning a Deaf Ear: Women's Wounds in Truth and Reconciliation." Healing South African Wounds. Special Issue of Les Carnets du Cerpac (Journal of Commonwealth Studies) 7(2009): 189-207.
"Convict Narratives from Postcolonial India: The Criminalized Woman in Phoolan Devi's Stories." Ruminations on Violence. Ed. Derek Pardue. Long Grove, Illinois: Waveland Press, 2007. 144-55.
"The British Raj, Modernization, and India: Women, Transgression, and the Communism-Casteism Dyad in The God of Small Things." Postcolonial Feminist Writing. Special Issue of Atlantic Literary Review 4.4(2003): 34-48.
"The Giving Tree: The Victim as the Victor." Directions: Discussions of Pedagogy, Gender, and Language. Ed. Cynthia Klekar et al. Morgantown: WVU Press, 1999. 34-39.
"Transnational Politics and Feminist Inquiries in the Middle East: An Interview with Professor Lila Abu-Lughod." Postcolonial Text 7.1(2012) http://postcolonial.org/index.php/pct/article/view/1287
An Interethnic Companion to Asian American Literature. Ed. King-Kok Cheung. Women in Development Bulletin 18.3 (2003): 19-21.
UCARE Award with SaRena Freet, 2012-2013
UNL Nominee, National Endowment for the Humanities, 2011
Arts and Humanities Enhancement Fund Award, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2010–2011
Seed Funds, Grant-in-Aid Program, Quinnipiac University
Summer Research Grant, Quinnipiac University
Yunck Endowed Scholarship, Outstanding Graduate Student, Dept. of English, Michigan State University
Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Michigan State University
Centennial Review Completion Fellowship, Dept. of English, Michigan State University
Michigan State University Dissertation Fellowship
Graduate School Research Enhancement Award
Michigan State University SCRAM award
Best Graduate Student Paper, Conference on Resistance to Tyranny: Representing the Struggle for Human Rights in Literature, New York College English Association.
Peer Review of Teaching Project Fellowship, 2011-2012
UNL Parents Association "Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to Students," University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2010
Michigan State University Excellence-In-Teaching Award (University-wide)
Sponsored Participant, "Transnationalizing LGBT Studies Conference/Pedagogy Workshop," Syracuse University, Syracuse, September 2010
"Violence Against Women, the Responsible Archive, and Transnational Activism" Junior lecture class on Women in Modern India, Yale University, New Haven, April 2009
"Women, Warriors, and War-Talk," Panel Discussion on the Language and Politics of Weapons and War, Albert Schweitzer Institute, Quinnipiac Univ., Sept. 2007
Sponsored Speaker, "Research and Teaching in USA," United States Educational Foundation, Calcutta, India, June 2004
"Wide Sargasso Sea: Rewriting Jane Eyre," International Speakers Series on Postcolonialism, Presidency College/University of Calcutta, India, January 2004
"African-American Women Novelists," British Council, Calcutta, India, Feb. 1999