Harleen Singh, PhD

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Harleen Singh is the Director of the Women’s Studies Research Center and teaches South Asian Literature and Women's Studies at Brandeis University. She and Sarah Lamb founded the South Asian Studies Program and Singh served as its co-Chair from 2007-2016. Her writing on novels from India and Pakistan, on Indian film, and book reviews on Hip-Hop music, sexuality, and feminism have been published in various leading journals. Her chapters on women warriors and South Asian women writers are included in book collections. Her monograph, The Rani of Jhansi: Gender, History, and Fable in India (Cambridge, 2014), interprets the conflicting, mutable images of an historical icon as they change over time in literature, film, history, and popular culture. The book is in its second reprint and has been reviewed in The TelegraphEconomic and Political WeeklyThe Book ReviewBIBLIO, and South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies. Her interdisciplinary work in English, Hindi, Urdu, and Punjabi is focused on women in literature and film. Her next book, Contemporary Debates in Postcolonial Feminism, is being published by Routledge in 2022. Her current book projects include a critical translation of Amrita Pritam's partition novel Pinjar and a monograph titled Half an Independence: Women, Violence, and Modern Lives in India. Professor Singh is a recipient of the ACLS Burkhardt fellowship and was a resident fellow at the National Humanities Center. 

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