Associate Professor, English Department

Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2006
tel.: 607-777-2033
fax.: 607-777-2408 

Areas of Interest

  • Twentieth Century British Literature
  • Literature of South Asia and the South Asian Diaspora
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Masculinity Studies
  • Postcolonial Literature and Theory
  • Cultural Studies
  • Neoliberalism Studies

Selected Publications


Scarecrows of Chivalry: English Masculinities after Empire, University of Virginia Press, 2013.

Articles and Other Works

"Narrating from Below: Amitav Ghosh’s Flood of Fire,” Contemporary Literature, Forthcoming.

“Ranveer Singh’s Chichorapan: Habitus, Masculinity, and Stardom in Bollywood,” From Bollywood to Hallyuwood: Mapping Power and Pleasure Across Pop Empires (University of Hawaii Press, Forthcoming).

Oxford Bibliographies in Literary and Critical Theory, Imperial Masculinity, Forthcoming.

“‘Frail, and so full of fire’: The Angry Young Man and Changing Masculinities,” The Companion to British Literature, Vol. 4, ed. Bob DeMaria, Heesok Chang, and Samantha Zacher (London: Blackwell Press, 2014): 350-375.  

 “‘One of those old-type natural fouled-up guys’: The Belated Englishman in Philip Larkin’s poetry,” Textual Practice 23: 3 (June 2009) 373-396. 

“‘An Orphaned Manliness: The Pukka Sahib and the End of Empire in A Passage to India and Burmese Days,” Studies in the Novel 41: 2 (Summer 2009): 201-223. 

Current Projects


The Quintessential Indian: Masculinities, the Middle class, and “India” 

The Quintessential Indian examines the construction of, and alterations in, (trans)national hegemonic middle-class masculinities in India. Taking as its object of study literary texts; cultural/national reception of authors, politicians, and bureaucrats; film; and television/radio, this project interrogates both how masculinities articulate with the middle classes to become dominant, and how the stylizations of those masculinities is necessarily cross-cut by caste, region, secularism, cosmopolitanism, and religion. Bookended by the anti-imperial struggle for national independence in the 1940s and the emergence of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister in 2014, I explore the changes in middle-class and elite masculinities as India shifts from colony to independent nation-state, from post-independent planned socialist welfare state to “post-liberalization” globalized economy. 

“‘A Feeling You Cannot Resist’: Shah Rukh Khan and the Re-Scripting of Male Stardom in Hindi Cinema”

“Forming Delhi: Gender, Literary Form, and Decline in Ahmed Ali’s Twilight in Delhi

Courses Taught

Imperial Masculinities
Contemporary British Novel
Twentieth-Century British Novel and Form
Youth and Subculture in Post-war Britain
Postcolonial Masculinities


Institute for Advanced Research in the Humanities Fellowship, Binghamton, Fall 2015
Institute for Advanced Research in the Humanities Fellowship, Binghamton, Fall 2010
Dean's Research Semester, Harpur College, Binghamton University, Spring 2009
Provost's Inter/Multidisciplinary Symposia Award, Binghamton University, 2007
English Department Fellowship, UIUC, 2005-2006
University Fellowship, UIUC, 2004-2005

Last Updated: 7/27/16