Basuli Deb

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Assistant Professor
(402) 472-1804
347 Andrews Hall

Office Hours

Tuesday,  Thursday,  12:25 pm-1:45 pm


Michigan State University, PhD, 2007

Jadavpur University, M.Phil., India, 1998

University of Calcutta, MA, India, 1994

Presidency College, BA (Honors), India, 1992

Areas of Specialty

Transnational and Postcolonial Feminism

Postcolonial Literature and Theory

Women's and Gender Studies

Cultural Studies

Post 9/11 US, Middle Eastern, African, South Asian, and Latin American Studies

Resistance Literature

Human Rights Discourse

Subaltern Studies

Visual Culture

Performance Studies

Courses Regularly Taught

Survey of Women's Literature: Thinking Women and War Postcolonially

Introduction to Women's Literature: Decolonizing Our Voices

Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies: Transnational Feminism

Transnational Feminism, Islamophobia, and Queering the War on Terror

Global Modern Fiction in English

Approaches to English Studies: Postcolonial and Transnational Literature/Theory



Transnational Feminist Perspectives on Terror in Literature and Culture, NY & London: Routledge, 2014, is a postcolonial feminist and queer response to the politics of counter-terror torture by/of women. It writes back to the globally linked centers of counter-terrorism from the viewpoints of people of color queered as terrorists by Euro-American imperialism and its legacies. Using the War on Terror in Afghanistan and Iraq, this book revisits other such racialized wars in Palestine, Guatemala, India, Algeria, and South Africa to emphasize how curbing "terror" lies in ending imperial domination and internal colonization of its people by postcolonial states and not in torture regimes. It draws widely on postcolonial literature, photography, films, music, interdisciplinary arts, media/new media, and activism to join the larger conversation about human rights by addressing the problem of a pervasive public misunderstanding of terrorism conditioned by a foreign and domestic policy perspective. The volume provides an alternative understanding of terrorism as revolutionary dissent against injustice through a postcolonial/transnational lens, and contests the forward march of imperialism in the name of women’s and queer rights.

Indigenous Lives and Diasporic Aspirations (in progress)

Come, Cross the Line: Celebrity Lifestyles and Public Intellectualism (in progress)

Co-edited Anthology

Building Bridges in Celebrity Studies. Toronto: WaterHill Publishing, 2016

Journals Co-edited

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.

Featured Author Interview with Basuli Deb

"Transitioning from Critical Terrorism Studies to Celebrity Studies," Cross Bridge: An International Journal of Multidisciplinary and Progressive Research. 2016


“Cutting Across Imperial Feminisms toward Transnational Feminist Solidarities.” Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism, 2016.

“Media Representations and Angelina Jolie’s Elective Mastectomy and Transnational Adoption.” Bridging Gaps. Toronto: WaterHill Publishing, 2016.

Co-Authored, Introduction. Bridging Gaps. Toronto: WaterHill Publishing, 2016.

“Transnational Feminist-Queer-Racial Common Fronts: Who is the 99%?” What Comes After Occupy? The Regional Politics of Resistance. Ed Todd Comer. Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2015.

“Transnational Complications: Re-Imagining Oroonoko and Women’s Collective Politics in the Empire.” Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies 36.1 (2015): 33-56.

“Manu Smriti, Macaulay’s 1860 Penal Code, Neoliberal India, and Queer Cinematic Subjectivities.” Nation and Its Discontents, Special issue of South Asian Review 35.3 (2015): 167-83.

"Transnational Feminism and Women Who Torture: Re-imag(in)ing Abu Ghraib Prison Photography." Postcolonial Text 7.1(2012)

"Courtesans in the Academia?" Humanities Underground. Delhi University. 28 Jan. 2011.

"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)


Islamophobia: The Politics of Empire by Deepa Kumar. Race and Class 56.3 (2015): 116-19.

An Interethnic Companion to Asian American Literature. Ed. King-Kok Cheung. Women in Development Bulletin 18.3 (2003): 19-21.

Selected Awards and Honors


Enhancing Research Excellence Award, UNL, Fall 2013 for book project TFPTLC

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)

Invited Lectures, Presentations, and Workshops

“Transnational Feminist Perspectives on Terror in Literature and Culture,” Nassau Community College, September 2015

Public interview, “Transitioning from Critical Terrorism Studies to Celebrity Studies,” Bridging Gaps Conference, NYC, September 2015

“Informed Pedagogy: Taking Research to the Classroom,” Goldsmiths, University of London, UK, July 2015

Speaker, “Islamophobia: History and Our Policy,” 2014 Spring Speaker’s Bureau, Buena Vista University, April 2014

 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