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About this Fellow

African and postcolonial literature; comparative work on tragedy across various literary traditions; disability and its representations; modern diaspora and transnational studies; urban studies



Current post

  • Professor of English, Stanford University

Past Appointments

  • Professor of English, New York University, 2017 - 2019
  • University Professor, Professor of English, and Director of the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies, University of Toronto, 2005 - 2017
  • Reader in Commonwealth and Postcolonial Literature, University of Cambridge, 1995 - 2005


Other Modern Languages, Literatures and other Media from 1830 Fellows

Professor Peter Brooks

Comparative literature, mainly French & English; Stendhal, Balzac, Henry James; the novel and its analysis; psychoanalysis and literary study; law and literature; identity in modern culture

Professor Laura Marcus

Nineteenth & twentieth century literature & visual culture; early film & literature, Virginia Woolf & Bloomsbury culture, modernism, life-writing

Professor William Rowe

Modern & contemporary poetry in Britain, America & Latin America; modern Latin America literature & cultural history, expeciallly Peru

Professor Simon Frith

The sociology of music; popular music history, music policy & the analysis of music business & culture