AboutSpecializes in mass market romance fiction and mainstream Indian cinema.
Co-Vice President of the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance.
EducationPh.D. English, University of Minnesota, 2008.
M.A. English, University of Pune, 2000.
Work Shared in CORE
Making Meaning in Popular Romance Fiction: An Epistemology. Palgrave, 2014.
“From Barbarized to Disneyfied: Vieiwing 1990s New York City Through Eve Dallas, J.D. Robb’s Futuristic Homicide Detective” in forum for inter-American research, 10.1: May 2017.
“All Work or All Play: Indian Consumerism, Leisure, and Ethics Under Globalization in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara” at South Asian Popular Culture, 13.1: Apr. 2015.
“What’s Love Got to Do With It? In Romance Novels, Everything!” Oklahoma Humanities Council Magazine. February 2015.
“How to Tame a Dragon: Ten Years After A Natural History of the Romance Novel.” Journal of Popular Romance Studies, 3.2: 2013.
“The Globalized Avatar of the Hindi Cinema Hero: Hrithik Roshan’s ‘Double Role’ in Kaho Naa…Pyaar Hai/Say That You Love [Me] (2000).” Film International, 10.4-5: 2012.
“Tempted by the Big Apple: The Fantasy of Western Spaces in Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna.” Studies in South Asian Film and Media, 3.1: 2012.
Essays in edited collections:
“Branding a Genre: A Brief Trans-Atlantic History of Romance Novel Cover Art.” Essay in the collection Romance Fiction and American Culture: Love as the Practice of Freedom? Ed. William Gleason and Eric Selinger, Ashgate/Taylor and Francis, Feb. 2016.
“Patriotism, Passion, and PTSD: The Critique of War in Popular Romance Novels” in New Approaches to Popular Romance Fiction. Ed. Sarah Frantz and Eric Selinger. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2012.
“Female Enfranchisement and the Popular Romance: An Indian Perspective” in Empowerment Versus Oppression: 21st Century Views of Popular Romance Novels. Ed. Sally Goade. London: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007.
“Bond in Love,” The Popular Romance Project. 3 Sept. 2013. Web.
“Beasts in Men’s Clothing,” The Popular Romance Project. 11 Oct. 2012. Web.
“Loving Pygmalion?” The Popular Romance Project. 11 Jun. 2012. Web.
“Myth and Poetry in Harlequin Mills and Boon,” The Popular Romance Project. 15 Mar. 2012. Web.
Upcoming Talks and Conferences“One of the Guys? Eve Dallas as a Masculine Worker Heroine in J.D. Robb’s In Death series” , biennial conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance, Macquarie University, Sydney, June 27-29, 2018.
MembershipsPopular Culture and American Culture Association
International Association for the Study of Popular Romance