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 God is Change: Religious Practices and Ideologies in the Works of Octavia Butler, Ethnic Literatures and Transnationalism: Critical Imaginaries of a Global Age, The Strangled Cry: The Communication and Experience of Trauma, Black California, and Romancing the Strange: The Fiction of Kunal Basu . She has published several book chapters in edited volumes and her articles appear in peer-reviewed journals, including Callaloo, Ariel , Subjectivity, and GRAMMA: Journal of Theory and Criticism while her academic treatises (by invitation) are in Oxford African American Studies.
- African–American Literature
- Postcolonial Literature
- Asian-American Literature
- ETHN 96: Race, Class and Culture in Film
- ETHN 152: Multi-racial Identities
- ETHN 51: Introduction to South Asian Experience in the US
- Critical Thinking and Writing I and II
- ENGL 122 AW: Film, Gender and Sexuality
- ENGL 79A/28C: Film, Fiction and Gender in India and its Diaspora
- 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 Brood” Palimpsests 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 Xenogenesis” Bloomsbury 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 Loss” Narratives 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.
- “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 Loss” GRAMMA: 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 Brood” Callaloo 36.3 (Summer 2013).