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Visiting scholars


Ranjan Ghosh

Ranjan Ghosh teaches at the department of English, University of North Bengal, India. Among his numerous books include Presence (Cornell UP, 2013, with Ethan Kleinberg), Transcultural Poetics and the Concept of the Poet (Routledge, 2017), Thinking Literature across Continents (Duke UP, 2016, with J Hillis Miller) and Poetry and Philosophy: Continental Perspectives (Columbia UP, 2019). His next two books are on plastic.  


Nida Kirmani

2018 South Asian Studies Fellow

Associate Professor, Sociology, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan

Gendering Urban Conflict: Exploring the Everyday Dynamics of Violence in Lyari, Karachi


Chamini Kulathunga

Chamini Kulathunga is a translator working with Sinhalese poetry and fiction, and her research interests are on the visibility of the translator in and out of the text. She is from the University of Iowa’s Translation Workshop. Chamini is a teaching assistant at the University of Iowa’s Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and has worked as a visiting lecturer at University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and at Sir John Kotelawala Defense University, Sri Lanka.


Pushpakanthan Pakkiyarajah

2018 South Asian Studies Fellow

Lecturer, Department of Visual & Technological Arts, Eastern University, Batticaloa, Sri Lanka



Thanges Paramsothy

2019 Tamil Studies Visiting Scholar

Thanges Paramsothy obtained his PhD in anthropology and master’s in refugee studies at the University of East London, after an undergraduate degree in sociology from the University of Peradeniya.  He co-edited a book, Casteless or Caste-blind, and has published a number of articles on caste, religion and Tamil refugee diaspora. In spring 2019, he is teaching ASIAN 4437 "Formations of Tamilness in Sri Lankan and Transnational Contexts."


Samodh Porawagamage

Samodh Porawagamage is a poet and a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at Texas Tech University, originally from Sri Lanka. His interests are in poetry & poetics and verse translation.


Sumana Roy

2018 South Asian Studies Fellow

Author & Poet, Siliguri, India

Five Plant Thinkers of Twentieth Century Bengal