Kavita Daiya is currently
Associate Professor in the Department of English
at George Washington University, in Washington DC and a Mellon Regional Faculty
Fellow at the Penn
Humanities Forum at the University of Pennsylvania (2012-2013). She is also the Director of the M.A.
program in English and an Executive Committee Member of the Women's Studies Program. Her research and teaching interests
include Postcolonial Literatures and Theory, Asian American Literature,
Transnational Feminisms, Bollywood Cinema, Visual Culture, Race and Diaspora.
She teaches a range of interdisciplinary graduate and undergraduate courses on
Postcolonial and Feminist Theory, Transnational Cinemas, Asian/Pacific/American
Literature and Culture, Twentieth century British Literature and Empire. Dr. Daiya's interests are interdisciplinary,
seeking to explore cultural representations in various media, in relation to
historical, theoretical and anthropological accounts of colonial and
postcolonial experience, in India, South Asia, and around the world.
Dr. Daiya received her PhD from the Department of English at the University of Chicago in 2001. Engaging
the field of feminist postcolonial studies with Asian American studies, her
first book Violent
Belongings: Partition, Gender and National Culture in Postcolonial India
examines the cultural negotiation of ethnic violence and mass migration in South
Asian literature and cinema, from the diaspora and the subcontinent (Temple University
Press, 2008; Yoda Press,
Indian edition, forthcoming). Her second
book project focuses on embodied secularism, refugees, narratives of
citizenship and violent migrations.
She has also published several articles, co-edited a special issue "Imagining
South Asia" of the South
Asian Review, and has been invited to present her work at the
University of Chicago, Georgetown University, Amherst College, University of
Maryland and the University of Michigan, among others. Her research has been
presented at national and international conferences like the MLA, AAS, the
Annual South Asia Conferences at the University of California at Berkeley and
the University of Wisconsin at Madison, among other spaces. She has been a
visiting scholar at the University of Oxford in England and a Research Fellow
at the Globalization Project at the University of Chicago. Dr. Daiya is a
member of Indus Women Leaders.
Dr. Daiya's research has been generously supported by fellowships from the
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the University of Pennsylvania,
the University of Chicago, and George Washington University. Apart from her
book, her publications include articles on questions about immigrant
experience, masculinity, globalization, refugees, women, and anti-colonial
nationalism in South Asia, the United States and Africa. She also serves as
Associate Editor for the South Asian
Review. Not only because she
was born and brought up in Bombay (now Mumbai), India, Dr. Daiya continues to
take an active interest in cultural and political debates there on ethnic
violence, community and gender identities, contemporary art, cinema, urban
development, globalization, and cultural nationalism.