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

Selected Publications and Projects

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.

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.


"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)


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

Selected Awards and Honors


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)

Selected Lectures, Presentations, and Workshops

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