University of Virginia, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences


Debjani Ganguly

Debjani Ganguly joined the University of Virginia in 2016 as Professor of English and
Director of the Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures. She works in the fields
of world literature, postcolonial studies and the South Asian Studies, and is the General
Editor of a newly commissioned multi-volume, The Cambridge History of World

Her research interests include the contemporary Anglophone novel, literary forms in the
new media age, caste and dalit studies, language worlds in South Asia, Indian Ocean
Literary Worlds, and Literature, War and Human Rights. In recent years, Debjani has
researched the links between globalism, information technology, ethnic violence and
humanitarian connectivity through the genre of the novel. The outcome is her latest
book, This Thing Called the World: The Contemporary Novel as Global Form (Duke,
2016). She is currently working on two projects: a monograph on Techno-planetary
Catastrophes: Form at the Limits of the Human
, and a two-volume The Cambridge
History of World Literature
of which she is the General Editor. Debjani is the author of
Caste, Colonialism and Countermodernity (2005) and editor of Edward Said: The Legacy
of a Public Intellectual
(2007) and Rethinking Gandhi and Nonviolent Relationality:
Global Perspectives

Debjani has held visiting fellowships at the University of Chicago, University of
Cambridge, University of Oxford, and University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2015, she was
on the seminar faculty of the Harvard Institute for World Literature. She is a Life Fellow
of Clare Hall, Cambridge, Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland,
and Member on the International Advisory Boards of the Harvard Institute for World
Literature, the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI), the
International Comparative Literature Association (ICLA), and the Academy of Global
Humanities and Critical Theory (Bologna). Prior to her arrival in UVA, Debjani was
Director of the Humanities Research Centre, and Associate Professor of English at the
Australian National University (ANU), Canberra. An Australian citizen, she completed her
doctoral work at ANU in 2002, and served as tenured faculty in the Department of
English at ANU until 2015.