The University of Massachusetts Amherst
HFA - College of Humanities & Fine Arts view HFA submenu
Section Menu

Malcolm Sen

Assistant Professor

picture of Malcolm Sen

(413) 545-5810

E449 South College

Malcolm Sen’s research interests include Irish Studies, South Asian literatures and cultures, postcolonial studies and the environmental humanities. In his current work Sen is especially interested in the conceptual pathways through which literary and cultural analysis can play a more dominant role in environmental debates, the role of narrative in our understanding of, and responses to, unraveling climate change effects, and the necessity of re-imagining sovereignty in the twenty-first century.

Malcolm Sen was the Irish Research Council and Marie Curie Elevate Fellow at Harvard University (2014-2015). Previously, he was awarded the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship at the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame (2011-2012). His other awards include a Humanities Institute of Ireland Research Scholarship (2002-2006) and the Moore Institute Visiting Fellowship at the National University of Ireland Galway (2014). Sen comes to UMass after having taught in several universities in Ireland: Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, the National University of Ireland Galway and the National University of Ireland Maynooth. His research has been published in key journals and books.

Apart from his academic work Malcolm has been associated in different capacities with many non-governmental organizations in Ireland and India and served as a researcher for a European Union funded project on Fairtrade Cotton. He has been a broadcaster on Irish radio and has written for The Irish Times and History Ireland among other ‘popular’ publications. He was one of the researchers of the PBS documentary series on the Easter Rising in Dublin in 1916 (which will be aired in early 2016). Malcolm is the series editor of a podcast series on “Irish Studies and the Environmental Humanities” that is widely available for download online. 

Research Areas

Irish Literature

Indian Literature

Postcolonial Studies

Postcolonial Ecocriticism

Environmental Humanities



Lucienne Loh and Malcolm Sen, Eds., Postcolonial Studies and the Challenges for the New Millenium (Routledge, Forthcoming)

“Irish Studies: Climate Change and Sovereignty” (Forthcoming podcast).

Podcast Series Editor, Irish Studies and the Environmental Humanities, 2015.

“A Damning Analysis: Amartya Sen and Jean Dreze’s, An Uncertain Glory: India and its Contradictions”, The Irish Times, 2014.

“Bones of Corals Made: Ecology, War and Nostalgia”, Textual Practice, 2013.

“Modernity, Secularism and the Sacred”, Oona Frawley, Ed., Memory Ireland: Volume One (Syracuse, 2012).

“Hema Macherla’s Blue Eyes”, Wasafiri
,  2012.

“Mythologizing a Mystic: W B Yeats on the Poetry of Rabindranath Tagore”, History Ireland, 2010.

“Danger and the Dynasty: Fatima Bhutto’s Songs of Blood and Sword”, The Irish Times, 2010.

Spatial Justice: The Ecological Imperative and Postcolonial Development”, 
Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 2009.

“Yasmin Alibhai-Brown’s A Memoir of Love”, The Irish Times, 2009.

“Repossessing Rhetoric: Arundhati Roy’s Listening to Grasshoppers: Field Notes on Democracy
”, The Irish Times, 2009.

“India’s Poverty Rendered Realistic but Meaningless: Aravind Adiga’s Between the Assassinations”, The Irish Times, 2009.

“The Retina of the Glance: Re-Visiting Joyce’s Orientalism”, Dublin James Joyce Journal, 2008.

“Love Marriage”, The Irish Times, 2008.

“From Internationalism to Authenticity: The Changing Geographies of Ireland”
, The Internationalist Review of Irish Culture, 2007.

Ireland, India and Nationalism: Julia M. Wright’s Ireland, India and Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century Literature, Irish University Review, 2007.

“The Uncanny Orient: Yeats and India”, in Maureen O’Connor and Foley, Eds., Ireland and India (Irish Academic Press, 2006).