Graduate Student Bio

Crystal is a doctoral candidate in colonial and postcolonial literature. Her dissertation focuses on twentieth-century narratives of secularism and secularization in South Asian literary history and Indian Ocean Anglophone literature. Her research incorporates religious studies, feminist theory, and eco-criticism perspectives. She is also interested in Buddhist influences on African American and Asian American literary representations. She is a digitization consultant for the American Institute for Lankan Studies Colombo which specializes in the preservation and digitization of rare archives. She received her BA in English from the Peradeniya University in Sri Lanka.

Specializations: Comparative Literature, Postcolonial Studies, Translation Studies, Digital Humanities