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Aparajita De specializes in postcolonial and cultural studies. Her doctoral dissertation was on understanding the development of subjectivity in diaspora writers from South Asia.  She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of English after having worked at Towson University (MD) and University of Maryland, College Park. Her current research interests include race studies, gender and film studies, and globalization studies. She has recently published her work on the game of cricket and the restructuring of gender roles in the diaspora through it. Aparajita is currently working on putting together a volume of essays which looks at the (re)configurations of South Asian race and racialization in the US after 9/11.

Aparajita grew up in Calcutta, India and shares her time between Brooklyn, NY and Rockville, MD.



College Teaching

CUNY Kingsborough College (Brooklyn, NY)

  • English 32 (Global Literature): Fall 2013
  • English 30 (Introduction to Literature): Spring 2012
  • English 24 (Freshman Writing II): Spring 2012
  • English 93 (Developing Competence in Writing): Spring 2012
  • English 91 (Developmental Writing): Fall 2012
  • English 12 (Freshman Writing I): Fall 2012

Towson University (Towson, MD)

  • English 317 (Writing for Business and Industry): Fall 2011-Spring 2012
  • English 102 (Writing for a Liberal Education): Fall 2011-Spring 2012

University of Maryland (College Park, MD)

  • English 394 (Professional Writing Program): Business and Technical Writing, Fall 2009-Spring 2011
  • CMLT 270 (Comparative Lit.): Global Literature and Social Change, Fall 2008-Spring 2009
  • English 241: Introduction to the Novel, Fall 2008 

Peer Reviewer/Examiner

Rocky Mountain Review. The Journal of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA), USA. 2012-’13.

Ariel: A Review of International English Literature. Dept. of English, University of Calgary, Canada, Fall 2011-‘12

Selected Publications and/or Other Resources


“Sporting with Gender: Examining Sport and Belonging at Home and in the Diaspora”: Journal of South Asian Popular Culture. Routledge, Taylor & Francis. London, UK, Forthcoming, 2013.

“Introduction.” Subaltern Vision: A Study in Postcolonial Indian English Novel. Eds. Aparajita De, et al. UK: Cambridge Scholars Publications, 2012.

“Gogol Ganguly and the Problematization of Transnational  Identity.” Transnational Poetics of the South Asian Diaspora. Eds. Rajendra Chetty and Jaspal Singh. New York: Peter Lang Publishers, 2009. 11-23.

“What’s in a Name? Tropes of Belonging and Identity in The Namesake.” South Asian Review 28.2 (December 2007): 182-200.


Masks of Threat: Understanding New South Asian Identities in Motion. Ed. Aparajita De. Under Consideration.

Subaltern Vision: A Study in Postcolonial Indian English Novel. Eds. Aparajita De, Amrita Ghosh, and, Ujjwal Jana. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publications, 2012.

Encyclopedia Entry

“Anita Desai.” Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Indian English Writing. Eds. Sangeeta Ray & Henry Schwartz, Forthcoming, 2013.

“David Davydeen.” Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Indian English Writing. Eds. Sangeeta Ray & Henry Schwartz, Forthcoming, 2013.

Select Presentations

“Consuming India: Values of Comparative Reasoning in Indian English Writings.” South Central Modern language Association (SCMLA), New Orleans, LA, Forthcoming October 2013.

“Temptations to an Indian Wedding: Reading Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding.” Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA), Albuquerque, NM, 2010. 

“The Caged Bird Sings: The Politics of Subaltern Agency in Pinjar.” South Asian Literary Association (SALA), Philadelphia, PA, 2009.

“The Problematics of Glocalization: Constructing Identity, Resistance, and Fundamentalism.” Fifth Annual Conference of the American Cultural Association (CSAUS), Portland, OR, 2007.

“Demystifying Postcolonialism’s Concepts and Scopes: A Case Study from Contemporary India,” SAMLA, Atlanta, GA, 2007.

Conference Panel & Chair

“The Changing Face of Terror and Terrorism in South Asian Narratives,” NEMLA Conference, Rochester, NY, 2012.

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Research Interests

Awards Recognition, Distinctions and Grants

Junior Faculty Innovative Research Grant Award, PSC-CUNY, 2013-2014.

Neila & Candadai Seshachari Faculty Travel Award, Runners up, 2010-2011

MLA Travel Grant Award for Non-tenured faculty, 2009-2010

Jackson family Dissertation Fellowship for Doctoral work, Dept. of English, WVU, 2007

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