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Rahul K. Gairola
Rahul K. Gairola Assistant Professor rahulfhs[at] Website
Areas of Interest
  • Supervision in: South Asian Studies, Ethnic U.S. Studies, Critical Theory, Cultural Studies, Postcolonial Digital Humanities, Critical Race Theory, Identity Intersectionality, & Anthropmorphism
Professional Background
2015nowAssistant Professor of English & Comparative LiteratureDept. of Humanities & Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR), India
20142015Adjunct Assistant Professor of EnglishThe City University of New York (CUNY), USA
20142014Adjunct Assistant Professor of Gender + Women's StudiesUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), USA
20112013Lecturer, Center for University Studies & Programs (CUSP)University of Washington, Bothell (UWB), USA
20122013Adjunct Professor of Film StudiesSeattle University (SU), USA
20092012Adjunct Professor of Humanities & Social SciencesCornish College of the Arts, Seattle, USA
20102011Lecturer in English and American LiteratureUniversity of Washington, Seattle (UW), USA
20092010Lecturer in the Comparative History of Ideas (CHID)University of Washington, Seattle (UW), USA
Honors and Awards
Postcolonial Studies Group (PSG) HonorariumThe Graduate Center, City University of New York (NYC)2015
Travel Grant to ChicagoModern Language Association (MLA)2014
Travel Grant to Oxford UniversityUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore County2014
Mellon Grant in the Digital HumanitiesUniversity of Washington, Bothell2012
Modern South Asia Workshop GrantYale University, USA2014
Travel Grant to Cambridge UniversityTeaching & Learning Center, University of Washington, Bothell2012
Community Arts GrantCity of Redmond, WA2011
Travel Grant to Harvard UniversityAmerican Comparative Literature Association (ACLA)2009
Conference Grant, Comparative History of Ideas Program (CHID)University of Washington, Seattle2009
Research GrantInstitute for Transnational Studies, University of Washington, Seattle2007
Research FellowshipSimpson Center for the Humanities, University of Washington, Seattle2006
Graduate University GrantHumboldt University of Berlin, Germany2005
Washington FellowshipPembroke College, Cambridge University, U.K.2003-2004
Summer Merit FellowshipThe School of Criticism & Theory, Cornell University 2002
Conference Support GrantDepartment of Comparative Literature, Cinema, & Media; University of Washington, Seattle2001
PhD Research FellowshipDepartment of English, University of Washington, Seattle2000-2001
Travel Grant to Pune, IndiaRhode Island College, USA1999
Educational Details
PhDEnglish Literature & Critical TheoryUniversity of Washington (Seattle, WA), USA2010
PhCEnglish Literature & Critical Theory (Candidate in Philosophy Certificate)University of Washington (Seattle, WA), USA2007
Summer ResearchAmerican Studies, German Language & Culture StudiesHumboldt University of Berlin, Germany2005
Research Cluster Member"Migration"Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, & Humanities (CRASSH), Cambridge University, UK2003-2004
CertificateCritical TheoryCornell University (Ithaca, NY), USA2002
MAEnglish (Postcolonial Literature & Critical Theory)Rhode Island College (Providence, RI), USA2000
CertificateEnglish Literature Cambridge University (St. Catharine's College), UK1999
BAEnglish and Film & Media StudiesGeorge Mason University (Fairfax, VA), USA1998
Administrative Background
2015nowStaff AdvisorEnglish Soft Skills Development Cell, IITR
2015nowSection Editor"Postcolonial Text" (peer-reviewed journal)
2013nowEditor"salaam: the newsletter of the south asian literary association"
2011nowExecutive Committee MemberSouth Asian Literary Association (SALA)
  • "Postcolonial Text", Section Editor
  • South Asian Literary Association (SALA), Editor of "salaam: the newsletter of the south asian literary association"
  • Modern Language Association (MLA), Member
  • Association of Asian American Studies (AAAS), Member
  • American Comparative Literature Associaton (ACLA), Member
  • Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States (MELUS), Member
PHDs Supervised
TopicScholar NameStatus of PHDRegistration Year
Trauma and Kashmiri LiteratureElham FatmaO2016
"Minor Culture" annual conference of the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia (CSAA) at the University of Melbourne, Australia. CSAAT2015
Google Talks: “Hide & Seek: A Conversation with Saad Khan & Rahul K. Gairola."Google New YorkT2014
"Partition as Profit: Digital Advertising and Manipulation of South Asian Trauma in the 21st Century." Tracking Notions of Progress in South Asia: From the Colonial to the Postcolonial. Wolfson College, University of Oxford, UK. June 16, 2014.Oxford UniversityT2014
“British (Di)visions: Transreligious Alliances in Anita Desai’s Clear Light of Day and Khushwant Singh’s Train to Pakistan.” Partition Narratives and South Asian Diasporas pre-conference. University of Wisconsin, Madison. October 17-20, 2013. University of Wisconsin, MadisonT2013
“South Asian-izing the Digital Humanities” Panel Organizer and Chair, 2013 MLA Presidential Theme Panel. The 128th Annual MLA Convention. Boston, MA. January 3-6, 2013. Modern Language AssociationT2013
“Between Meritocrats & Aristocrats: South Asian Diasporic Identity and the Politics of “Home” in Hanif Kureishi’s Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (1987).” Art & Lives: Studies in the History & Representation of Sexualities. Christ’s College, University of Cambridge, UK. July 4-7, 2012. Cambridge UniversityT2012
“Partitions of Subjectivity: Gender & Nation in Tagore’s The Home and the World.” Re-visiting Tagore international conference. Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. March 15-17, 2012. Jawaharlal Nehru University, IndiaT2012
“Engendering Cuisines: the Ideological Ingredients of Gender in Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children.” South Asian Literary Association (SALA). Los Angeles, CA. January 7-8, 2011.South Asian Literary Association (SALA)T2011
“Spatializations of Diasporic Queerness in Shyam Selvadurai’s Funny Boy.” Global Languages, Local Cultures, ACLA Annual Conference. Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. March 26-29, 2009. ACLA, Harvard UniveristyT2009
“Queering Home: Passing & Commodity Fetishism in the Fiction of Jackie Kay.” Masculinity and the Other: An Interdisciplinary Conference. Balliol College, Oxford University, UK. August 29-30, 2007.Oxford UniversityT2007
“Capitalist Houses, Queer Homes: Sexuality & South Asian Diasporas in Hanif Kureishi’s My Beautiful Launderette.” Global States conference. University of California, Irvine. May 5-6, 2006.University of California, IrvineT
“White Skin, Red Masks: ‘Playing Indian’ in Queer American Physique Pictorial Images from the 1960s.” Disciplinary Bodies conference. Cornell University. Ithaca, NY. September 13-14, 2004.Cornell UniversityT2004
“Re-Worlding the Oriental: Critical Perspectives on Madonna as Geisha.” Politics of Location in Literatures of the Americas Conference, MELUS-India. Indo-American Centre for International Studies, Osmania University. Hyderabad, India. January 3-5, 2002.MELUS-India, Osmania UniversityT2002
"The Kitchen as Liberatory Space: the Un-Gendering of Tita in Laura Esquivel's Like Water for Chocolate." Gendered Spaces/ Espacios De Genero Second Annual Interdisciplinary Conference. University of Huelva, Spain. May 9-11, 2001.University of Huelva, SpainT2001
"Burning With Shame: Symbolisms of Fire and South Asian Patriarchy in Gayatri Spivak's 'Can the Subaltern Speak?' and Deepa Mehta's Fire." Literary Studies and Global Culture: An Interdisciplinary Conference. University of Victoria, Canada. March 16-7, 2001.University of Victoria, CanadaT2001
“From Material Girl to Veronica Electronica: Skating the Edge of Music in Madonna's Ray of Light, or Madonna as Postmodern Signifier.” The California American Studies Association (CASA) On Edge Conference. University of California, Santa Cruz. April 30 - May 2, 1999.University of California, Santa CruzT1999
“’Always Historicize!’ – The Dialectics of Narrative in Toni Morrison’s Sula.” The 30th Annual College English Association (CEA) Conference. Philadelphia, PA. April 1-3, 1999.College English AssociationT1999
“A Diasporic View of Partition Fictions: Anita Desai's Clear Light of Day & Khushwant Singh's Train to Pakistan.” The 12th Annual Indian Association of Commonwealth Languages and Literatures conference. University of Pune, India. January 11-13, 1999.IACLAL, University of PuneT1999
Courses or Conferences Organised
Conference NameSponsored ByDate
"Partition Narratives and South Asian Diasporas"University of Wisconsin, Madison (USA)17-10-2013
"Performing South Asia at Home and Abroad"South Asian Literary Association (SALA) Annual Conference in Seattle, USA05-01-2012
"States of Violence: Representations of Conflict in the Film, Fiction, and Media of South Asia"Comparative History of Ideas Program (CHID), University of Washington, Seattle (USA)30-02-2009
"Emerging Forms: Media, Narrative, & Technique in the Twenty First Century"Simpson Center for the Humanities & the Dept. of Comp Lit, Univ of Washington, Seattle (USA)30-11-2001
Special Lectures Delivered
"How to Write a Strong PhD Thesis"HSS Department, IIT Roorkee5-8-2015
"Migrations in Absentia"Seattle University, USA4-12-2015
"India Rising: South Asian Digital Humanities and Rural Literacy"University of Maryland, Baltimore County8-12-2015
"Role of Humanities & Social Sciences in the STEM Fields"Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee25-7-2015
“Migrations in Absentia: Partition, Trauma, and Digital Marketing in the 21st Century” The Graduate Center, City University of New York27-3-2015
“British (Di)visions: Transreligious Alliances in Anita Desai’s Clear Light of Day and..."Modern South Asia Workshop, Yale University6-4-2014
“Between Homes: Western Disciplinary Education and Heteronormative Gender Roles in Michelle..."Fordham University, New York City19-3-2013
“Re-presenting Poverty: The Music of M.I.A. in Slumdog Millionaire” Film Studies Inaugural Lecture, Seattle University10-10-2012
“Queering the Art Museum: An Interdisciplinary Panel” Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington Seattle12-5-2012
“The Cooptation of Racism in the Rhetoric of ‘Marriage Equality’” Nassau Community College, State University of New York (SUNY)25-4-2012
“Queering Home: Neoliberal Nationalism and Diasporic Genealogies in Kureishi’s Sammy and Rosie"The Graduate Center, City University of New York19-03-2010
“Home, Identity, & Pedagogies of Belonging” University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth8-03-2008
“Counter-mapping America: Resistive Reading Practices in the Era of ‘Terror’ and Transnational Cap"Panjab University, Chandigarh12-03-2004
Books Authored

"Revisiting India's Partiion: Memory, Politics, & Culture" (co-edited volume with Amritjit Singh and Nalini Iyer. 2016).

"Homelandings: Postcolonial Diasporas & Transatlantic Belonging" (2016).


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  • Rahul K. Gairola, Ph.D. (U of Washington, U.S.A.), is Assistant Professor of English & Comparative Literature in the Dept. of Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS) at the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India. He is the author of "Homelandings: Postcolonial Diasporas and Transatlantic Belonging" (Rowman & Littlefield International, London & New York, Sept. 2016) and co-editor (with Nalini Iyer and Amritjit Singh) of "Revisiting India's Partition: New Essays on Memory, Culture, & Politics" (New Delhi: Orient BlackSwan, Sept. 2016) with the U.S. edition published by Lexington Books, Washington, D.C., in June 2016. He is an Article Editor for "Postcolonial Text," and is currently working on a new book project under contract with Routledge/ Taylor & Francis Group that critically tracks shifting meanings of "home" in digital identities & cultures of 21st-century South Asia.
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