I am an Assistant Professor of Children’s Literature at the Department of English, Middle Tennessee State University. I graduated with my PhD, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities, from the Department of English, University of Florida (UF) in August 2017. My dissertation investigates nationalism and global consciousness in Indian children’s publishing, focusing on the Kolkata-based publishing house Deb Sahitya Kutir’s literary output during the 1940s-60s.
I am excited to be part of the 2016-2018 HASTAC Scholars cohort. While at UF, I was the first Digital Humanities and Publishing Intern at the UF Smathers Library (April 2016--April 2017), engaging in collaborative research and DH community practices. As part of my DH internship duties, I co-convened the UF Digital Humanities Working Group, chaired the organizing committee for THATCamp Gainesville 2017, and worked for Library Press@UF, an imprint of the University of Florida Press. I was a 2013-2014 CLIR Mellon Fellow for Dissertation Research in Original Sources. I also have been awarded research grants and fellowships from the Children’s Literature Association (ChLA), the International Research Society for Children’s Literature (IRSCL), and the Taraknath Das Foundation at the South Asia Institute, Columbia University.
My research and teaching interests include Comparative Children’s Literature, Postcolonial Literature (esp. South Asian), Media Studies, Book History, and Digital Humanities. My recent peer-reviewed publications include articles in Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, South Asian Review and The Lion and the Unicorn. I am especially invested in researching the dissemination of print/digital texts across various media (and cultural contexts), and past projects have focused on trans-media adaptations.
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