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


Debjani Ganguly, Director

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 Literature.

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 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 (2007). She has contributed essays to two recent Cambridge volumes, The Cambridge Companion to the Postcolonial Novel, ed. Ato Quayson (2015) and The Values of Literary Studies, ed. Ronan Macdonald (2015). She co-edits, with Ato Quayson and Neil Ten Kortenaar, the Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry.

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. 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.

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