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Nico Millman


B.A. in English and Global Studies (honors), University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2015)

M.A. in English, University of Pennsylvania (2018). Graduate Certificate in Latin American and Latinx Studies. 

My dissertation, Race, Dispossession, and Revolution: Literatures in India and Latin America, reconnects the literatures of India and Latin America. I examine fiction and non-fictional texts from the period of anti-colonial struggle for national liberation in the early-to-mid twentieth century, to the age of revolutionary upheaval in the global 1960s, to the present moment of neoliberal governance and transnational peasant movements. I demonstrate the interconnected character of racial formation, capitalist land dispossession, and left-wing insurgency across these contexts.

My research has been supported by the Center for Latin American and Latinx Studies (CLALS) Field Research Grant (2017), the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy (2018 workshop on "Legacies of Violent Orders"), Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship for the study of Hindi (2019-20), the SAS Sylvia Brown Research Award (2020), the Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI) at Penn Summer Research Grant (2021), and the SAS Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2022-23). 

My supplementary research interests include postcolonial studies; Latin American and South Asian Studies; Third World and Global South Marxisms; long histories of caste, race, and capitalism; theories of the novel and the world-system; critical development studies; and comparative Peasant and Indigenous studies. 

I co-coordinated the Latitudes graduate working group from 2017-19, acted as the Funding Librarian for the Graduate English Association from 2018-19, and served as the Graduate Assistant for the Tepoztlán Institute for the Transnational Study of the Americas from 2019-20. 

I served on the steering committee for the following conferences: Environments of Modernity (2018), Queer Urgencies (2019), and the Marxist Literary Group Institute for Society and Culture on "Transition" (2022). In collaboration with Dr. Najnin Islam (Colorado College) and Dr. Neelofer Qadir (UNC-Greensboro), I co-organized a seminar titled "Rethinking Racial Capitalism: Labor, Caste, Dispossession" for the American Comparative Literary Association (2020).   

I was awarded a 2021 Editorial Fellowship by Full Stop Magazine, a Whiting Literary Magazine Prize-winning publication, and am currently editing a special issue of the Full Stop Quarterly entitled "The Cultural Politics of Land," publication forthcoming in 2022. I am currently at work on an article titled "Maoism and Memoir: Political Life Writing Across India and Peru" for Life Writing as World Literature, eds. Helga Lenart-Cheng and Ioana Luca for the Literatures as World Literatures series at Bloomsbury Publishing (forthcoming publication expected in 2023). 

I am an affiliated graduate student in the Center for Latin American and Latinx Studies

To access my public-facing writing on culture and politics, please visit my linktree page.

Articles and Book Chapters

Courses Taught

spring 2020

ENGL 200.303 Global Detective Narratives  

spring 2018

ENGL 101.005 Shakespeare