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University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Massachusetts Amherst

English Department

Faculty Profiles: Asha Nadkarni

Contact Information:

491 Bartlett Hall
Amherst, MA 0l003
p: 413-545-5523
f: 413-545-3880 

Assistant Professor

Asha Nadkarni received her B.A. in Gender and Women's Studies from Connecticut College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Brown University.

Professor Nadkarni's research and teaching interests include postcolonial literature and theory, transnational feminist theory, American empire studies, and Asian American studies, with an emphasis on the literatures and cultures of the South Asian diaspora.

Selected Publications:

“Reproducing Feminism in Jasmine and ‘The Yellow Wallpaper',” Feminist Studies, (forthcoming).

“‘World-Menace': National Reproduction and Public Health in Katherine Mayo's Mother India,” American Quarterly, 60.3 (September 2008): 805-827.

“Eugenic Feminism: Asian Reproduction in the U.S. National Imaginary,” NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction , 39.2 (Spring 2006): 221-244.


English 204: Introduction to Asian American Literature

English 300: No Place Like Home: Women Writers of the South Asian Diaspora

English 300: The Nation Writes Back

English 491: Transnational Feminist Literature

English 891: Postcolonial Bodies

English 891: Transnational Feminism

Areas of Specialization: American, Atlantic, & Hemispheric Studies, American Literature, Asian American & Asian Diaspora Studies, Colonial, Postcolonial, & Transnational Studies, Critical Race and Ethnicity Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Marxist Literary Studies, Theory and Cultural Studies, 20th Century and Contemporary Literature