Office: 201 C Drown Hall
Assistant/Associate Professor, English Department (Received tenure in 2008)
Ph.D., Department of English (2001)
Dissertation: Post-Secular Subjects: Religious Identity and Difference in the Modern
M.A. in English, 1996
B.A. in English, with Honors, 1995
PUBLICATIONS AND SCHOLARLY ACTIVITIES
Literary Secularism: Religion and Modernity in Twentieth-Century Fiction.
“Republics of the Imagination:
Afghan and Iranian Expatriate Narratives.” in
“Anonymity, Authorship, and Blogger Ethics.” Forthcoming in Symploke, 2007.
“Hinduism in Indian Fiction.” In Studying Hinduism: Key Concepts and Methods.
Gene Thursby and Sushil Mittal. Routledge
“The Lifting and the Lifted: Prefaces to Colonial Modernist Texts.” Wasafiri 47,
Spring 2006, 1-10.
“Forward,” South Asian Review 26.3, fall 2005, 2-5.
Pisgah Sight of
Semeia 88, fall/winter 2001, 129-147.
“Preface,” Polygraph 12, April 2000, 3-13.
“They Would Rather Listen to Samba or Death Metal: Channeling Global
Subcultures,” Polygraph 11, April 1999, 89-114.
Articles under Consideration
“’More than Priestly Mumbo-Jumbo’: Religion and the Deferral of Authorial
Responsibility in G.V. Desani's All About H. Hatterr.” (Currently under ‘revise and resubmit’ status)
Special Issue co-Editor, South Asian Review, “Imagining South Asia,”
Special Issue Editor, Polygraph 12, “World Religions and Media Culture,” April
Edited collected abstracts. Special Issue of South Asian Review
26.3, fall 2005.
“Four Challenges to Postcolonial Theory,” in Framing Theory’s Empire. Ed. John
Holbo. Review essay. Parlor Press/Glassbead Book. Forthcoming, 2007.
“Post-colonial Critics and the Critics of the Postcolonial.” Journal of
Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies. Review essay. Forthcoming, 2007.
“The Communalization of Censorship,” Himal Southasian, August 2006, 68-70.
“’More democracy, but less liberty' Fareed Zakaria's The Future of Freedom.”
Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies 9.2: 2004, 184-191.
“Dis-Orienting Rhythms: Politics of the New Asian Dance Music,”
“Intizar Husain, The Seventh Door and Other Stories.” Contemporary
“Indian Science Fiction: An Introduction to Two Authors.” SF-Revu. November
2006. Online at http://sfrevu.com/Review-id.php?id=4608.
“Ideas in Movement: Mani Ratnam's Yuva.” South Asian Women's Forum, June
2004. Online at http://www.sawf.org/
Scholarly Weblog, 2004-2006 Lehigh University:
Over 800,000 visitors. Short essays on literature, art, film, music, politics. This
weblog has been widely cited by other academic and general-interest weblogs, as
well as occasionally by the mainstream media. A starting point is a “best of” page
to be found here: http://www.lehigh.edu/~amsp/best of blog.htm
HONORS AND AWARDS
2005 Elected to Executive Committee of South Asian Literary Association
Fall 2005: Received Lehigh Faculty Research Grant to
support the annual conference of the South Asian Literary Association, held in
Summer 2002: Received Lehigh Faculty Research grant
Invited Lectures and Presentations
March 2007: Faculty colloquium speaker, “The Kite Runner and Globalization,” at St. Anselm College, New Hampshire. Arts & Sciences faculty primarily in attendance.
March 2007: Classroom lecture, “Secular Sikh Literature,” St. Anselm College, New Hampshire.
2007: Campus-wide speaker on “The Kite
Runner and Globalization,”
2007: Classroom lecture, “Travel Writers and Globalization,”
2006: “Ethics in Secular Sikh Literature.” Workshop at
2006: Invited to serve as Moderator for the South Asian Women’s Creative
Collective Conference at
2006: “Searching for the Authentic Afghanistan: Khaled
Kite Runner.” Faculty workshop and public lecture,
2005: Invited respondent at “Rethinking South Asia” conference at
2004: “Joyce's 'Cyclops'”; Guest lecture,
March 2004 “Globalization and Consumer Culture in
(This event was written up in the
August 2002 “Homeland Sikh-urity: Securitization and Civil Rights for Religious Minorities after 9/11” At APARRI Conference, UC-Berkeley
Recent Conference Talks (Refereed Presentations)
December 2006 “Literary Criticism in the Public Sphere.” Part of an MLA Special Session. Co-panelists included Michael Bérubé and Rita Felski.
November 2005: “The Indian Modernist on a Platter: Desani’s All About H. Hatterr.”
Modernist Studies Association,
October 2005: “New Creative
October 2004, “E.M. Forster's
Orientation to Islam,” at Modernism Studies Association,
“A (Hindu) Writer in the World : Naipaul, Writing, and Religion”
Modern Language Association,
Alterity: From Gitanjali to Orphee Noir”
For Modernist Studies Association (MSA), Madison Wisconsin, October 2002
“Secularism in the Diaspora – and Back”
Siting Secularism Conference,
“Diasporic Sexuality: Shani Mootoo’s Cereus Blooms at Night”
Comparative Literature Association,
of the Indian Mutiny,” Center for
"Disraeli in Parliament," Jewish Cultural Studies Panel at MLA Convention, Washington
DC, December, 2000
"The Post-Secular Nose: Religious Difference and the Territories of the Body"
in Cultural Studies Conference, at CCCS,
—at Narrative Conference,
—at Theory at
the End of the Millenium Conference,
Organized Panels and Conferences
December 2005: “Secularism in South Asian Literature”
Proposed, fundraised, and co-organized a national conference for the South Asian
Literary Association. Conference was held in
with the Modern Language Association Convention
December 2004: Chaired a panel at MLA Philadelphia: “Hybridity's Children”
Modern Language Association,
“LOST MEASURE: A Conference on H.D.”
Proposed and co-organized a national conference on H.D. with the H.D. Society,
the English Department at Lehigh, and the
2005: Public presentation at
October 2005: Guest lecture in Professor Dork Sahagian’s Environmental Studies class: “Social Implications of the South Asian Tsunami”
September 2005: Lecture to entering first year students on The Kite Runner
2005: Public presentation at
South Asian Tsunami”
2005: Presentation at
2004: “An Introduction to Edward Said's Orientalism,”
“Remembering Said” panel at
Service Outside of Lehigh
August 2006: Judge for the Asian American Writers' Workshop National Best Asian American Fiction Prize. National fiction contest in existence for five years. 20 novels were submitted, and reviewers were required to read and evaluate all 20 books.
2006: Invited to do peer-review work for
June 2006: Invited to do peer-review work for Signs.
April 2006: Invited to do peer-review work for South Asian Review.
December 2005—present: Elected to the Executive Committee of the South Asian
Service at Lehigh
Graduate Student Advising:
Supervisor, 3 M.A. Theses
Dissertation Chair: 4 Ph.D. Dissertations (2 in progress, 2 completed)
Dissertation Reader: 5 Ph.D Dissertations
Chair, Ph.D. Qualifying exams: 3
Examiner, Ph.D. Qualifying exams: 8
Undergraduate Advising: 8-10 English Major Advisees per year
Undergraduate Thesis Advising: 2 Theses
Undergraduate Independent Study: 5 Independent studies
Undergraduate Club Advisor: Faculty advisor to LU Bhangra intramural club (2004-present)
Fall 2002: Gave address at Lehigh’s Diwali celebration in Zoellner Audtorium
Service at Lehigh, Committee Work
Fall 2005—present First-Year Writing Committee, English Department
Fall 2003—Spring 2005 Humanities Center Planning Committee
Fall 2003—Spring 2005 Undergraduate Committee, English Department
Fall 2002—Hiring Committee, Religion Studies Department (for a position in South
Fall 2002—present Department Web Page Planning and Maintenance
Fall 2001—Spring 2003 Graduate Committee -- graduate admissions, curriculum revision
Fall 2001—Graduate Placement committee coordinator
December 2005—present: Executive Committee of South Asian Literary Association
Member of MLA
Member, Modernist Studies Association
Member, Modern Language Association
MEDIA APPEARANCES and PRESS CITATIONS
“Race and Hurricane Katrina: Two Questions.”
Included in “Teaching The Levees: A Curriculum for Democratic Dialogue
and Civic Engagement,” a curriculum to be distributed in American high schools
in conjunction with Spike Lee’s When the Levees Broke. Teacher’s College
Commentator, February 2006, on NPR’s “Radio Open Source” show with Christopher Lydon. Invited to participate in an interview on “Craigslist” and the Internet
as a reconstituted public sphere.
Cited in Miliyet Newspaper
Commentator, June 2005 on NPR’s “Radio Open Source” show with Christopher Lydon. Invited to participate in an interview on South Asian literature.