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Avni Sejpal

I am a PhD candidate in English at Penn, where I am also pursuing an interdisciplinary certificate in gender and sexuality studies. I work at the intersections of postcolonial studies and the Global Anglophone, Asian diasporic critique, the twentieth and twenty-first century novel, and revolutionary cultural politics or Third World internationalism. Related interests include race and gender in a global frame, Marxist aesthetic criticism, uneven development and world-systems theory, Global South studies, and the Cold War university.

At Penn, I have spent two years convening Latitudes, our working group on postcoloniality, race, empire, and the study of the Global South. I have also taught or assisted courses on the postcolonial and Global Anglophone novel; British literature from Windrush to Brexit; race, immigration and diaspora; South Asian and Caribbean fiction; law and literature; and the history of the book. From 2021-22, I was named the John Lewis Haney Graduate Fellow in English.

Before graduate school, I worked at independent and scholarly presses and digital archives including Columbia University Press, Boston Review, and the South Asian American Digital Archive. I hold a B.A. in English from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, and an M.A. in English from Villanova University.

Articles and Book Chapters

"Waving at Trains" Conversations with Nalo Hopkinson (University Press of Mississippi) (2023)
"The Absurd Apocalypse" Evil Empire (MIT Press) (2018)

Courses Taught

spring 2024

ENGL 0022.601 The Global Novel  

fall 2023

fall 2021