Associate Professor, English

Furman Hall 100C

  • Current disciplinary research interests

      Broadly speaking, I am interested in various dimensions of debates about cultural change. Although I have been interested in such debates as they pertain to South Asia, I have maintained an interest in such debates in the West (especially in the US and UK). This may sound vague for someone who is seen as belonging to an 'English department,' but the area of Cultural Studies, well known in the Humanities, does allow for studying cultures transnationally in such a way that the term "cultural practices" could include written literature, cinema and other media, different kinds of performance, etc.

  • Interest in connecting sustainability to research

      I think of sustainability in terms of the changing dynamics of collective (or social) knowledge: what people know about themselves, their lives, or the stories they tell themselves about their collective lives, and the loss of such knowledge as lives get transformed with "progress," development, modernization, and as new knowledges are generated, including the knowledge produced by scholars and activists in the area of ecology and sustainability.

  • Sustainability courses taught

      Since I study and teach cultural practices, the question of sustainability understood broadly is not far from my concerns, but it does not always get formulated in a very specific way—especially in the sense of our current concerns with ecological sustainability. I do have a course, "Nature in South Asian Literature"/Eng-309, which addresses sustainability more directly than my other courses. I have taught texts dealing with aspects of pastoralism, and environmental degradation under the old curriculum. I also teach some nature writing (mainly English Romantic poetry) in my survey of British Literature since 1798.

Connect with Admission

Furman is one of the nation's premier liberal arts and sciences universities. We offer our students The Furman Advantage—an over-arching approach to education that promises every student a four-year personalized pathway, a team of advisors and mentors, and the opportunity for an engaged learning experience that is tracked and integrated with the students' academic and professional goals.

Want more information about the admission process at Furman?

Contact us

Once you see our campus, making the right college decision will be so much easier.

Plan a visit

Undergraduate Evening Studies provides adults the opportunity to receive an education from one of the premier liberal arts universities in the nation.

Whether you are starting or continuing your education, or have been away from the classroom for a few months or several years, our program provides many services to assist you with accomplishing your educational and professional goals.

Apply now

Our graduate studies program is designed for the professional educator.

We know the challenges teachers and administrators face every day, and we are committed to helping you become a leader within your school system or district.

Apply now
  • Furman University