About

I am the author of Writers and Rebels: The Literature of Insurgency in the Caucasus (Yale University Press, 2016), which was awarded the University of Southern California Book Prize in Literary and Cultural Studies and the best book award by the Association for Women in Slavic Studies, and the translator of After Tomorrow the Days Disappear: Ghazals and Other Poems Hasan Sijzi of Delhi (Northwestern University Press, 2016), and The Prose of the Mountains: Tales of the Caucasus (Central European University Press, 2015). My articles have received awards ranging from the International Society for Intellectual History’s Charles Schmitt Prize to the Women’s Caucus for the Modern Languages Association’s Florence Howe Award for Feminist Scholarship. From 2018-2023, I am PI for the ERC-funded project, “Global Literary Theory: Caucasus Literatures Compared.”  I have taught at Yale-NUS College, the University of Bristol, and am currently Professor, Islamic World and Comparative Literatures, at the University of Birmingham.

Education

I completed my undergraduate education at the University of California, Berkeley in Comparative Literature and Slavic Studies (with a focus on Dostoevsky and Russian literature), before moving to Tbilisi, Georgia, where I learned Georgian (and began learning Persian) and conducted the research that was to become my first book. After two years of residence in Tbilisi, I entered the PhD program at Columbia University’s Institute for Comparative Literature and Society and the Department for Middle East, South Asian, & African Studies, where I completed a dissertation on Persian prison poetry, which is currently a manuscript entitled The Persian Genre of Incarceration: Prisons and the Literary Imagination.

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Global Literary Theory: Caucasus Literatures Compared 2018-2023

Funding received:

* European Research Council, Starting Grant (€1,498,982)

 

The Obligation to Migrate: Forced Migration and Muslim Memory in the Caucasus (2014-present)

Funding received:

* Research Grant, The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation ($40,000)

* Yale-NUS Internal Grant

* Short-Term Fellowship, Jordan Center, New York University 

 

Digitising Daghestan’s Manuscript Heritage: Manuscripts from the Library of al-Ghumūqī (2016-present) Funding received:

* Melvin Seiden Award & Major Project Grant, British Library, Endangered Archives Programme (£24,763)

 

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