Associate Professor
Department of English
Lehigh University


Selected Publications




The Films of Mira Nair: Cinema Vérité. Forthcoming from University Press of Mississippi, 2018.


Literary Secularism: Religion and Modernity in Twentieth Century Fiction. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2006.




Selected Journal Publications and Reference Encyclopedia Entries

“The Indian Novel in the Twenty-First Century.” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature, 2017

“Postcolonial Studies.” Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies. 2016.

"Veiled Strangers: Rabindranath Tagores America, in Letters and Lectures." Journeys: The International Journal of Travel & Travel Writing, 10:1, 2009.

"Animating a Postmodern Ramayana: Nina Paley's Sita Sings the Blues" South Asian Review, December 2009.

"More than 'Priestly Mumbo-Jumbo': Religion and Authorship in All About H. Hatterr." Journal of Postcolonial Writing, December 2009.

”Names Can Wait: Mis-naming the South Asian Diaspora.” South Asian Review, 28:1 2007 [2008].


Re-Orienting Forster: Intimacy and Islamic Space.” Criticism: A Quarterly, Winter 2007. [PROJECT MUSE]

Republics of the Imagination: Afghan and Iranian Expatriate Narratives.” Minnesota Review 68, 2007.


“Anonymity, Authorship, and Blogger Ethics.” Symploke 16:1-2, 2008.


Hinduism in Indian Fiction.” In Studying Hinduism: Key Concepts and Methods. Ed. Gene Thursby and Sushil Mittal. Routledge UK, 2007.


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.

“A Pisgah Sight of Ireland: Religious Embodiment and Colonialism in Ulysses.” 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.




Mainstream Media/ Other Publications


“Being Sikh in America” (New York Times, 2012)


“The New Wave of Islamophobia” ( 2016)


Entry on "G.V. Desani." Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century World Fiction.

Memories of 1971: A Review of Tahmima Anam’s A Golden Age.” Pragati, May 2008.


Skinny Candidates With Funny Names.” SAMAR, February 2008.


The Communalization of Censorship.” Himal Southasian, August 2006.


Indian Science Fiction: An Introduction to Two Authors.” SF Revu, November 2006.