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Department of Ethnic Studies

Aparajita Nanda

Aparajita Nanda

Associate Professor

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Aparajita Nanda is the recipient of the Cedric Busette Memorial Award for her “outstanding contributions” to the Ethnic Studies Program, the David E. Logothetti Teaching Excellence Award and a Fulbright Teaching Scholarship. She is also the recipient of a Visiting Associate Professorship to the University of California, Berkeley. Her recent book publications include Black California, The Strangled Cry, Romancing the Strange, and Ethnic Literatures and Transnationalism. She has published several book chapters in edited volumes and her articles appear in peer-reviewed journals, including Callaloo and Ariel while her academic treatises (by invitation) are in Oxford African American Studies.



  • Changing Faith: Religious Practices and Ideology in the Works of Octavia Butler. Ed. Aparajita  Nanda and Shelby Crosby. Philadelphia, P.A.:Temple University Press, 2021. Ethnic Literatures and Transnationalism: Critical Imaginaries of a Global Age. Ed. Aparajita  Nanda. New York: Routledge 2015. 
  • The Strangled Cry: The Communication and Experience of Trauma. Eds. Aparajita Nanda  and Peter Bray. Oxford, UK: Interdisciplinary Press, 2013. 
  • Black California. Ed. Aparajita Nanda. Berkeley: Heyday, 2011. 
  • Romancing the Strange: The Fiction of Kunal Basu. Eds. Aparajita Nanda et al. Kolkata,  India: Avantgarde Press, 2004.

Book Chapters (recent)

  • “A ‘Palimpsestuous’ Reading of Octavia Butler’s Lilith’s BroodPalimpsests in Ethnic  and Postcolonial Literature and Culture: Surfacing Histories Ed. Yiorgos Kalogeras et al,  New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021. 
  • “Butler’s Akin and the Narrative of Passing” in Encompassing Passing: Identities in the  Making Ed. Mihaela Mudure, London and New York: Peter Lang, 2021. 
  • “Teaching the ‘Other’ of Colonialism: The Mimic Wo (Men) of XenogenesisBloomsbury Octavia Butler Companion, Ed. Gregory Hampton and Kendra Parker, London: Bloomsbury, 2020. 
  • “Teaching Octavia Butler in a course on Colonialism and Science Fiction” Teaching  Octavia Butler in the Academy. Ed Tarshia Stanley. New York: MLA Publication, 2019. “The Pastiche of Discrepant ‘Minoritarian’ Voices in Desai’s Inheritance of Loss”  in New Cosmopolitanisms, Race and Ethnicity. Ed. Ewa Luczak et al. Berlin and Boston:  De Gruyter Open, 2019. 
  • “Geographies of Marginalization and Identity Politics in Kiran Desai's Inheritance of  LossNarratives of Place in Literature and Films ed. Steven Allen and Kirsten Mollegaard.  New York: Routledge, 2019. 
  • “Re-writing the Human-Animal Divide: Butler’s ‘Amborg’ and Hindu Philosophy” Literature and Philosophy II ed. Nandita Batra and Mario Wenning. New  York: Lexington Books, 2018. 
  • “Black Frontier” Cambridge History of California Literature, Ed Blake Allmendinger,  New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Articles (recent)

  • “Of Cityscapes, Affect and Migrant Subjectivities” in Kiran Desai’s Inheritance of  Loss. Subjectivity London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan (Forthcoming) 
  • “Colonial Hangover and the Politics of Space in Kiran Desai’s Inheritance of  LossGRAMMA: Journal of Theory and Criticism (Forthcoming) 
  • “Zora Neale Hurston” Encyclopedia of African American Culture. Ed Barbara Krauthamer.  Westport, Connecticut: ABC-Clio, 2020.
  • “Black Bay Area Novelists” Oxford African American Studies, editor-in-chief Henry  Louis Gates, Oxford University Press, 2018. 
  • “Black LA based Novelists ” Oxford African American Studies, editor-in-chief Henry  Louis Gates, Oxford University Press, 2015. 
  • “Power, Politics, and Domestic Desire in Octavia Butler's Lilith's BroodCallaloo 36.3  (Summer 2013).