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Rovel Sequeira

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I am a doctoral candidate in English and the Graduate Associate of the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania. I was a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellow in 2020-21 and am currently a School of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Completion Fellow. I am writing up my dissertation project, The Nation and its Deviants: Global Sexology and the Racial Grammar of Sex in Colonial India (1870-1950), on the colonial histories of sexual science and literary forms in turn-of-the-20th century India. My work from and beyond the dissertation on the global histories of queer and transgender politics, the history of science, revolutionary movements, and literary modernisms in the post/colony has appeared in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, and is forthcoming in GLQ: Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, and Modernism/modernity. In 2018-19, I was named a Dean's Scholar for my interdisciplinary literary-historical research in English, French, Hindi, and Marathi. I also work with Urdu- and Bengali-language literary and cultural sources in translation. 

At Penn, I have taught an advanced junior research seminar on the "Sexual Drives of Colonialism and Fascism" in the English department and co-taught "Introduction to Queer Studies" in the Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Program. I also co-organized the graduate working group Latitudes studying issues of race, empire and postcolonialism at UPenn from 2016-18.

Before arriving at Penn, I worked in Dijon teaching English as a second language to native French speakers at a vocational school, and also interned at the Indian independent publisher Queer Ink. I completed my M.A. degree in English at St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi (2014) and a B.A. (Hons.) degree in English at St. Xavier's College, University of Mumbai (2012)


Articles and Book Chapters

"Show and Tell: Life History and Hijra Activism in India" Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society (2021)
"Death of a Museum Foretold? On Sexual Display in the Time of AIDS in India" Book Chapter. Museums, Sexuality, and Gender Activism (2020)

Courses Taught

fall 2019

GSWS 003.601 Intro to Queer Studies  

spring 2019

spring 2018

fall 2017

GSWS 002.001 Gender and Society  

spring 2017