CURRICULUM VITAE
 

EDUCATION

Ph.D., University of Cambridge, English Literature (2006)

M.A. (First Class Honours), University of Auckland, English Literature (2000)

B.A., University of Auckland, English Literature (1994)
 

ACADEMIC EMPLOYMENT

Associate Professor of World Literature, Division of English, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (2015-present)

Assistant Professor of World Literature, Division of English, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, NTU, Singapore (2006-2015)
 

AWARDS/HONOURS/SCHOLARSHIPS

Nanyang Education Award, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (2014)

Nanyang Education Award Nominee, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, NTU, Singapore (2013)

Nanyang Education Award Nominee, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, NTU, Singapore (2012)

Top Achiever Doctoral Scholarship, Ministry of Education, New Zealand (2002-2006)

Overseas Research Students (ORS) Award, Universities UK (2002-2006)

Honorary New Zealand Prince of Wales Scholar, Cambridge Commonwealth Trust, UK (2002-2006)

Elected Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Society, University of Cambridge, UK (2004)

Senior Prize in English, University of Auckland, New Zealand (1993)
 

ACADEMIC TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Nanyang Technological University, Assistant/Associate Professor of World Literature (2006-present)

HL2022 South Asian Literature
HL2032 African Literature
HL3014 Latin American Literature
HL2021 Literature of Empire
HL8008 Introduction to Magical Realism
HL1001 Introduction to the Study of Literature
HL7110 Contemporary Literature and Culture (Graduate Seminar)
HL7901 Form and Content in Contemporary Narrative (Graduate Seminar)

University of Cambridge, Undergraduate Supervisor for Trinity, Queens', and Girton Colleges (2005)

Commonwealth and International Literature in English (English Tripos Part II)
 

PUBLICATIONS

Books

Affective Disorders: Emotion in Colonial and Postcolonial Literature. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2019.

On Lightness in World Literature. London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
 

Journal Articles

'Affective Entropy: Cultural Difference and the Decline of Wonder on Ivu'ivu.' Novel: A Forum on Fiction (Forthcoming 2020).

'The Mysteries of Mumbai: Terrorism and Banality in Sacred Games.' Modern Fiction Studies 65.2 (2019): 285-307.

'Roberto Bolaño's 2666: Serial Murder and Narrative Necrosis.' Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction 59.3 (2018): 307-18.

'"Our Supreme Objective": Nehru, A Suitable Boy, and the Moderation of Feeling.' Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry 3.2 (2016): 167-83.

'Colonial Modernity and Urban Space: Naguib Mahfouz's Cairo.' Journal of Urban Cultural Studies 1.2 (2014): 255-72.

'"Every Trivial Little Thing": Sei Shonagon and the Poetics of Insignificance.' a/b: Auto/Biography Studies 28.1 (2013): 86-111.

'Reading the Uninteresting: Upamanyu Chatterjee's English, August: An Indian Story.' Contemporary Literature 53.3 (2012): 493-516.

'"A Raging Sirocco": Structures of Dysphoric Feeling in Midaq Alley.' Journal of Arabic Literature 42.1 (2011): 29-48.

'On Superficiality: Truman Capote and the Ceremony of Style.' Journal of Modern Literature 34.3 (2011): 128-48.

'Partitioning Bodies: Literature, Abduction, and the State.' Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies 11.1 (2009): 35-49.

'Of Territorial Borders and Test Cricket: Exploring the Boundaries of the Postcolonial State.' Journal of Commonwealth Literature 44.1 (2009): 23-34.

'City of Sieges: Literature, Communal Violence, and Urban Space.' Journal of Postcolonial Writing 44.4 (2008): 345-54.
 

CONFERENCES/LECTURES

'Forensic Narratology: Reading the Pseudo-Singulative in Ciudad Juárez.' Captivating Criminality 6. International Crime Fiction Association (ICFA) Conference, Gabriele d'Annunzio University, Pescara, Italy, 12-15 June 2019.

'Structures of Insignificance: Realism and Bureaucracy.' Reproducing and Reconstructing Reality: An International Conference on Realism in Post-WWII Literature. Centre for the Study of Foreign Literature and Culture, Nanjing University, China, 26-28 October 2018.

'Nationalism, Hybridity, and Urban Space: Queen Farida Square, 1938-48.' Space, Place, and Hybridity in the National Imagination. Grenoble Alpes University, France, 23-24 November 2017.

'Bureaucratic Style: Postcolonial Literature and the Aesthetics of Waiting.' Waiting as Cultural Practice: An Interdisciplinary Conference. University of Paderborn, Germany, 20-22 May 2016.

'Against Feeling: Realism, Violence, and the Secular State.' Trauma, Memory, and Healing in Asian Literature and Culture. Department of English Language and Literature, Hong Kong Shue Yan University, 27 November 2015.

'Loitering in Rio: On Machado de Assis' Posthumous Memoirs.' Sustainable Networks: The Enlightenment to the Contemporary. Centre for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) and South-Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 13-15 June 2014.

'"The Bewildering and the Boring": Literature, Entropy, and the Indian Administrative Service.' 2013 International Conference on Narrative, International Society for the Study of Narrative, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, 27-29 June 2013.

'On Voltaire, Violence, and Aesthetic Pleasure.' The Aesthetics of Suffering. Department of English, National Taipei University of Technology, Taiwan, 23-24 November 2012.

'Postcolonial Narratology.' Department of English, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Macau, 25 August 2011.

'Decoding Cairo: Colonial Modernity and Urban Space.' Modern Language Association (MLA) Conference, Los Angeles, USA, 6-9 January 2011.

'Affective Disorders: Emotion, Modernity, and Narrative.' Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference, Chaminade University, Honolulu, Hawaii, 13-14 November 2010.

'"The Map and the Territory": Reading Border Narratives.' Mapping the World: Migration and Border-Crossing. Centre for the Humanities and Social Sciences, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan, 31 October-1 November 2009.

'Representing the State: Abduction and Recovery in the Literature of Partition.' Gender and Sexuality in South Asian Literature and Culture. South Asian Literary Association (SALA) Conference, San Francisco, USA, 26-27 December 2008.

'"The Aura of Terror": Violence and the Uncanny in Vibhuti Narain Rai's Curfew in the City.' Department of English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore, 24 October 2007.

'Postcolonial Cartographies: Lahore, 1947-55.' Colonial and Postcolonial Spaces: An Interdisciplinary Conference. Kingston University, UK, 6-7 September 2007.

'Reading State Responsibility in the Literature of India's Partition.' Irresponsibility. Division of English, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 28-30 September 2006.

'Ethnocidal Imaginaries: Rumour, Violence, and Narrative.' Aesthetics and Politics in Postcolonial Studies. University of Northampton, UK, 8 April 2005.

'Literature, Nationalism, and the 1947 Partition of India.' Leckhampton Society, Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge, UK, 16 November 2004.

'Comparative Curfews: Communal Violence and Minorities.' Minority States: Violence, Nation-State, Multiculturalism. University of Oxford, UK, 18 June 2004.
 

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Member of the Advisory Board of Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings (2011-present)

Reader for the following publishers: Gale, Palgrave Macmillan, Sage (2012-present)

Reader for the following journals: a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, Crime Fiction Studies, Journal of Urban Cultural Studies, Modern Asian Studies, Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings, Postcolonial Text, Twentieth-Century Literature (2005-present)
 

CONFERENCE ORGANIZATION

Co-organizer, Transcultural Imaginaries: Making New, Making Strange. Division of English, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 14-17 June 2013

Co-organizer, Irresponsibility. Division of English, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, NTU, Singapore, 28-30 September 2006

Co-organizer, Aesthetics and Politics in Postcolonial Studies. University of Northampton, UK, 8-9 April 2005
 

ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE

Chair of the Publicity Committee, Division of English, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (2017-present)

Member of the Management Committee, Division of English, NTU, Singapore (2008-present)

Member of the Graduate Committee, Division of English, NTU, Singapore (2018-present)

Member of the Faculty Search Committee, Division of English, NTU, Singapore (2018-present)

Director of Graduate Studies, Division of English, NTU, Singapore (2014-2017)

Member of the Faculty Search Committee (Asian Literature), Division of English, NTU, Singapore (2017)

Member of the Faculty Search Committee (British Romanticism), Division of English, NTU, Singapore (2017)

Member of the Faculty Search Committee (Interactional Linguistics), Division of Linguistics and Multilingual Studies, NTU, Singapore (2017)

Member of the Faculty Search Committee (Philosophy of Science), Division of Philosophy, NTU, Singapore (2015-2016)

Member of the Curriculum Committee, Division of English, NTU, Singapore (2014-2016)

Chair of the Faculty Search Committee (Contemporary Literature), Division of English, NTU, Singapore (2015)

Member of the Faculty Search Committee (Creative Writing), Division of English, NTU, Singapore (2015)

Member of the Graduate Committee, Division of English, NTU, Singapore (2011-2014)

Member of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, NTU, Singapore (2010-2014)

Chair of the Curriculum Committee, Division of English, NTU, Singapore (2010-2014)

Chair of the Publicity Committee, Division of English, NTU, Singapore (2008-2010)

Member of the Curriculum Committee, Division of English, NTU, Singapore (2006-2010)

Chair of the Faculty Search Committee (Australian/New Zealand Literature), Division of English, NTU, Singapore (2008-2009)

Chair of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences Library Committee, NTU, Singapore (2006-2009)

Member of the Faculty Search Committee (Pre-1800 British Literature), Division of English, NTU, Singapore (2007-2008)

Member of the Faculty Search Committee (Cultural Studies), Division of English, NTU, Singapore (2007)