Susan Koshy

Associate Professor

Biography

Susan Koshy (Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles, 1992) is an interdisciplinary scholar whose work draws on the insights of literature, anthropology, legal studies, and history. Her work on race, ethnicity and diaspora is part of a larger theoretical interest in modernity, neocolonialism, and the processes of globalization. Her research is situated at the conjuncture of globalization theory, postcolonial studies, and ethnic studies and interrogates the boundaries of these disciplinary formations. Her book, Sexual Naturalization (Stanford University Press, 2004) locates narratives of white-Asian miscegenation in the context of anti-miscegenation laws, Asian immigration to the US, and US expansionism in Asia. Her articles have appeared in the Yale Journal of Criticism, Boundary 2, Differences, Diaspora, Social Text, and in several anthologies. She received her B.A. and M.A. from Delhi University.

Research Interests

Susan Koshy's research is situated at the conjuncture of globalization theory, postcolonial studies, and ethnic studies and interrogates the boundaries of these disciplinary formations

Education

English, B.A., Delhi University
English, M.A., Delhi University
English, Ph.D., University of California, LA

Courses Taught

  • Asian American Biographies and Autobiographies
  • Asian American Women Writers
  • Contemporary South Asian Diasporic Literature
  • Cosmopolitanism in Modern Literature and Culture
  • Gender and Sexuality in Asian American Literature
  • Introduction to Asian American Literature
  • Post-Racial Formations

Additional Campus Affiliations

Associate Professor, Asian American Studies
Director, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory
Associate Professor, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory

Recent Publications

Koshy, S. (2013). Neoliberal family matters. American Literary History, 25(2), 344-380. https://doi.org/10.1093/alh/ajt006

Koshy, S. (2011). Minority cosmopolitanism. PMLA, 126(3), 592-609. https://doi.org/10.1632/pmla.2011.126.3.592

Koshy, S. (2011). The rise of the Asian American novel. In L. Cassuto (Ed.), The Cambridge History of the American Novel (pp. 1046-1063). Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/CHOL9780521899079.069

Koshy, S. (2008). Why the Humanities Matter for Race Studies Today. PMLA, 123(5), 1542-1549. https://doi.org/10.1632/pmla.2008.123.5.1542

Koshy, S. (2008). Postcolonial studies after 9/11: A response to Ali Behdad. American Literary History, 20(1-2), 300-303. https://doi.org/10.1093/alh/ajm043

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