Poulomi Saha

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Assistant Professor, Department of English

Poulomi Saha is Assistant Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley, where she teaches courses in postcolonial studies, gender and sexuality theory, and ethnic American literature.

Her research and teaching agenda spans eastward and forward from the late 19th century decline of British colonial rule in the Indian Ocean through to the Pacific and the rise of American global power and domestic race relations in the 20th century. Professor Saha is interested in developing an expansive view of empire and of what constitutes Anglophone literature, routed not primarily through Great Britain and Western Europe but rather through circuits of affiliation and encounter between Asia and the Americas.

She is currently completing her first monograph, Imperial Attachments: Gender, Nation, and the Sciences of Subjectivity in Colonial and Postcolonial Bengal, an interdisciplinary study that examines bodies, affects, and epistemologies of both political belonging and resistance that cannot be contained within boundaries of the nation or the ideology of nationalism, thus reconceptualizing the “transnational” not as a spatial or geopolitical category but an affective one.

Her work has been published in differences and The Journal of Modern Literature.

Area of interest:

Postcolonial studies, gender and sexuality theory, and ethnic American literature


Ph.D., English, University of Pennsylvania

The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center
Institute for South Asia Studies
UC Berkeley
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