Executive Committee

EXECUTIVE BOARD 2017-2019
President
John HawleyDr. John C. Hawley is Professor of English at Santa Clara University.  Past president of the US chapter of the Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies, former chair of his department, and former member of three executive committees of the Modern Language Association, he has edited 16 books and published many articles on postcolonial topics.  He is a recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation study grant at their Bellagio Center, and of five NEH summer stipends.

Vice President
Nalini IyerDr. Nalini Iyer is Professor of English at Seattle University. She is co-editor (with Bonnie Zare) of Other Tongues: Rethinking the Language Debates in India and co-author (with Amy Bhatt) of Roots and Reflections: South Asians in the Pacific Northwest. She has published articles on Bharati Mukherjee, Lalitambika Antherjanam, and M.G. Vassanji, among others.

Secretary
Dr. Pallavi Rastogi
is an associate professor of English at Louisiana State University. She has published widely on South Asian and South African literature, including a book, Afrindian Fictions: Diaspora, Race and National Desire in South Africa and an edited anthology, Before Windrush: Recovering an Asian and Black Heritage Within Britain. She is currently completing a book on postcolonial disaster.
Treasurer

Umme Al-WazediDr. Umme Al-wazedi is an Associate Professor of English at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. She also teaches in the Women’s and Gender Studies and the Asian Studies Program at Augustana. She has published in Sycamore Review, The Clearing House and Research Journal (Bangladesh).

 

Editor, South Asian Review
Pradyumna ChauhanDr. Pradyumna Chauhan is professor of English at Arcadia University. He has written two books, numerous reviews, articles, and chapters on American, British, and postcolonial authors. Professionally, his work has been supported by Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowship; two English-Speaking Union Awards, a National Endowment for Humanities Scholarship; and a Fullbright Scholarship.

Editor, Salaam
Melanie WattenbargerMelanie R. Wattenbarger earned her PhD from the University of Mumbai. She specializes in South Asian and Canadian literatures, Diaspora Studies, and Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her publications include articles for the South Asian Review, Symbolism: An International Annual of Critical Aesthetics and the edited collection Spatial Justice and Diaspora from Counterpress.

Web Manager, southasianliteraryassociation.org
Aniruddha MukhopadhyayDr. Aniruddha Mukhopadhyay is Assistant Professor of English at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. His research interests include postcolonial literatures, subaltern studies, diaspora theory, globalization theory, film studies, and animal rights/representations.

 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS
2016-2018
Asha Jeffers
is a PhD candidate in English at York University in Toronto. Her critical writing has been published in South Asian Review and her creative writing in Puritan magazine.

 


Jana FedtkeDr. Jana Fedtke
is Assistant Professor of English at the American University of Sharjah. Her research and teaching interests include transnational literatures, South Asian studies, and gender studies. She is currently working on a book manuscript on representations of asexuality in literature, film, and new media.


2017-2019
Dr. Pranav Jani
is Associate Professor of English at The Ohio State University.  His research and teaching is in postcolonial studies and ethnic studies.   Pranav is author of Decentering Rushdie: Cosmopolitan and the Indian English Novel, and several articles and reviews on postcolonial studies, Marxism, literary criticism, and anticolonial struggle.

Dr. Waseem Anwar is Professor of English at Forman Christian College Lahore, and Former Dean and Chair. Twice Fulbrighter, he served Punjab Pak-US and Fulbright Alumni President-ships.  Gale Group (American Scholar) and HEC “Best Teacher-2003” (Pakistan), his publications include “Black” Women’s Dramatic Discourse, South Asian Review special issue (2010) and JELLS, a Forman (English) journal. This is his second stint on the SALA Executive Committee.

Dr. Madhurima Chakraborty is Assistant Professor of English at Columbia College Chicago. She has co-edited Postcolonial Urban Outcasts: City Margins in South Asian Literature and a special issue of South Asian Review on The Nation and Its Discontents. Her articles on Postcolonial and South Asian literature and film can be found in Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Literature/Film Quarterly, and Journal of Contemporary Literature. She is also finishing a book on Mahasweta Devi.

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS
Past President 
Dr. Moumin Quazi is an Associate Professor of English at Tarleton State University. In addition to being a longtime member of SALA, he has edited CCTE Studies for 10 years; he also edits the book series, “South Asian Art, Literature, and Culture Studies” (Peter Lang Publishing); and, Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas.


Associate Editors, South Asian Review

John HawleyDr. John C. Hawley is Professor of English at Santa Clara University.  Past president of the US chapter of the Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies, former chair of his department, and former member of three executive committees of the Modern Language Association, he has edited 16 books and published many articles on postcolonial topics.  He is a recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation study grant at their Bellagio Center, and of five NEH summer stipends.

Amritjit SinghDr. Amritjit Singh, Langston Hughes Professor of English at Ohio University, has published well over a dozen books, including, most recently, Postcolonial Theory and the United States (2000); The Collected Writings of Wallace Thurman (2003); Interviews with Edward W. Said (2004); and The Circle of Illusion (2011).  Past President of MELUS SALA and USACLALS he also currently serves as adviser to the SALA executive committee.

Kavita DaiyaDr. Kavita Daiya is Associate Professor of English at George Washington University. Engaging feminist postcolonial studies with Asian American studies, her book Violent Belongings: Partition, Gender and National Culture in Postcolonial India examines ethnic violence and migration in South Asian literature and cinema (Temple UP, 2008; Yoda Press, 2013). She is founder and director of a Histories of Migration and Violence Project www.1947Partition.org.

Robin FieldDr. Robin E. Field is an Associate Professor of English and Director of Women’s Studies at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.  She is co-editor of Transforming Diaspora: Communities beyond National Boundaries (2011) and has published articles on Jhumpa Lahiri, Sandra Cisneros, and Alice Walker and author interviews with Bharati Mukherjee, Chitra Divakaruni, and Diana Abu-Jaber.

Conference Co-Chairs, 2018
Dr. Sukanya Gupta
is Assistant Professor at University of Southern Indiana. Her research and teaching interests include Post-Colonial Studies, South Asian Diaspora Studies, Bollywood, and World Literature. She has published articles in anthologies like Negotiating: Gender and Sexual Identity in Contemporary Turkey and in journals such as South Asian Popular Culture, Connecticut Review, and South Asian Review.

Dr. Afrin Zeenat is Assistant Professor at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. She specializes in American literature, Post-Colonial literature, rhetoric and composition, South Asian literature, and Bollywood. She is currently co-editing a collection of essays on the veil and Guru Dutt, and also writing a book on nineteenth-century American orphanhood. Her articles have been published in the South Asian Review, Spectrum, Literary Paritantra, among others.