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. 

An internationally eminent scholar of world literature who has explored the role of the humanities in examining the challenges of climate change, global terrorism and the information technology revolution, Ganguly discussed the Institute’s plans to start a series of Humanities Laboratories on Grounds. She also discussed her interest in building and expanding collaborative relationships with quantitative sciences and academic departments such as Classics and Religious Studies, as well as with the Scholars’ Lab, the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, the School of Architecture, the School of Medicine, and the University’s art institutions.

At a time when the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences is reasserting the importance of the humanities in the education of undergraduate students, the professor of English and postcolonial studies brings to the IHGC a successful record of teaching, research and collaboration with humanities institutes around the world as former director of the Australian National University’s Humanities Centre.