Ulka Anjaria

Ulka Anjaria

Professor of English
Director, Mandel Center for the Humanities

PhD, Stanford University
Meet Professor Anjaria through OpenBook: An English Department Podcast.

Research Interests

South Asian literatures and film; postcolonial literature and theory; the global novel; interdisciplinary approaches; literary theory.


book coverThe Oxford Handbook of Modern Indian Literatures (co-edited with Anjali Nerlekar). Forthcoming, 2024. 

Reading India Now book cover

Reading India Now: Contemporary Formations in Literature and Popular Culture. Temple University Press, 2019; paperback edition, 2024.

A History of the Indian Novel in English book cover

A History of the Indian Novel in English. Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Selected Scholarly Articles

Articles for a General Readership

Recent Book Reviews

  • Review of Love, War and Other Longings: Essays on Cinema in Pakistan by Vazira Zamindar and Asad Ali. Bioscope: South Asian Screen Studies, October 4, 2021.
  • Dystopian Realities.” Review of " Nacohus" by Purushottam Agrawal. The Book Review, May 14, 2019
  • "Indian Queer Futures." Review of "Murder in Mahim" by Jerry Pinto and Mohanaswamy by Vasundhendra. Public Books, Feb. 2, 2018.
  • "Great Aspirations." Review of "One Indian Girl" by Chetan Bhagat. Public Books, July 31, 2017.
  • Review of "Planetary Modernisms: Provocations on Modernity Across Time" by Susan Stanford Friedman. Journal of the Society for Contemporary Thought and the Islamicate World. Oct. 11, 2016.
  • "India's First Bollywood Film." Review of "Amar Akbar Anthony: Bollywood, Brotherhood, and the Nation" by William Elison, Christian Lee Novestzke, and Andy Rotman. Biblio: A Review of Books. 21.4 (April 2016).
  • "Pakistan's Place in World Literature." Review of Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi's "Mirages of the Mind." Public Books, March 15, 2016.


  • Mellon Foundation grant on behalf of Brandeis University for "Re-envisioning the Role of the Humanities Center in the 21st-Century University," 2022
  • Provost's Teaching Innovation Grant for "Challenging Anti-Blackness in Literary Studies"
  • Dean of Arts and Sciences Mentoring Award, 2021
  • Mandel Faculty Grant in the Humanities, 2018
  • ACLS/Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship, 2014
  • Visiting Fellowship, Delhi University, 2014

Selected Courses Taught

  • Indian Love Stories (ENG 152a)
  • Bollywood (ENG 20a)
  • 21st-Century Global Fiction: A Basic Course (ENG 32a)
  • Decolonizing Fictions (ENG 167a)

Selected Podcast Appearances

  • New Books Network for The Academic Life podcast series, "The Connected PhD."
  • Recall This Book episode 80: "We are Not Digested: Rajiv Mohabir"
  • OpenBook: An English Department Podcast