Nandini Dhar, Assistant Professor, specializes in literatures of African, South Asia and the diasporas. Prior to finishing her PhD in Comparative Literature from University of Texas at Austin and her MA from University of Oregon, she had been educated in Calcutta, India, finishing her BA and MA at Presidency College and Jadavpur University respectively. As a comparatist, she believes in locating Anglophone literatures in the context of other languages and literary traditions, especially those that involve non-Western geographies and literacies.
Her particular research interests focus on Anglophone and Francophone literatures of plantation slavery, global plantation complex, literary histories of indenture, neoliberalism and food studies. She has published on writers such as Edwidge Danticat, Dionne Brand and Amitav Ghosh, focusing on such issues as memory, trauma and the emergence of a 21st century critical retrospective realism in postcolonial novels. Currently, she is working on a monograph on South Asian women's domestic food memoirs and ideologies of neoliberalism. Dhar has taught graduate and undergraduate classes on the postcolonial historical novels, food literatures, cultures of domesticity in postcolonial and US ethnic novels, and theories of everyday. Dhar is also a practicing poet, and author of two full-length poetry collections – Historians of Redundant Moments (Agape Editions) and Jitakshara (Aainanagar Prakashani), the latter in her native language Bangla.