Aparajita Nanda


Aparajita Nanda is a recipient of a Visiting Associate Professorship to the Departments of English and African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley and a Fulbright Faculty Teaching Scholarship. Nanda was Associate Professor at Jadavpur University, India and now teaches at UC Berkeley.


  • Awarded David E. Logothetti Teaching Excellence Award, 2019-2020.
  • Awarded Professional Development Grant Award, 2015.
  • Professor Cedric Busette Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to Ethnic Studies, 2012.
  • Awarded Professional Development Grant Award, 2015.
  • Awarded Fulbright Faculty Teaching Scholarship, 2003-04.
  • Beatrice M. Bain Scholar, UC Berkeley, 2005-06.
  • First Class First with University Gold Medal, 1976
  • Jogendranath Das University Gold Medal for best student of the year, 1976
Publications & Presentations: 


  • God is Change: Religious Practices and Ideology in the Works of Octavia Butler. Ed. Aparajita Nanda and Shelby Crosby. Temple U Press, 2021.
  • Ethnic Literatures and Transnationalism: Critical Imaginaries for a Global Age, Ed. Aparajita Nanda, New York: Routledge(2014).
  • The Strangled Cry: The Communication and Experience of Trauma, ed. Aparajita Nanda, Oxford, UK :Interdisciplinary Press (2013).
  • Black California, ed. Aparajita Nanda. Berkeley: Heyday (2011).
  • Romancing the Strange: The Fiction of Kunal Basu, eds. Aparajita Nanda et al. Kolkata: Avantgarde Press (2004).


  • “A ‘Palimpsestuous’ Readings of Octavia Butler’s Lilith’s Brood” Palimpsests in Ethnic and Postcolonial Literature and Culture: Surfacing Histories . Ed. Yiorgos Kalogeras. Palgrave Macmillan, 2021.
  • “Butler’s Akin and the Narrative of Passing” in Encompassing Passing: Identities in the Making Ed. Mihaela Mudure, London and New York: Peter Lang, 2021.
  • “Teaching the ‘Other’ of Colonialism: The Mimic Wo (Men) of Xenogenesis” in The Bloomsbury Handbook to Octavia E. Butler, Ed. Gregory Hampton and Kendra Parker, London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2020.
  • “Teaching Butler in a Course on Colonialism and Science Fiction” Approaches to Teaching Octavia E. Butler. Ed Tarshia Stanley. New York: MLA Publication, 2019
  • “The Pastiche of Discrepant ‘Minoritarian’ Voices in Kiran Desai’s Inheritance of Loss” in New Cosmopolitanisms, Race and Ethnicity: Cultural Perspectives. Ed. Ewa Luczak et al. Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter Open 2019.
  • “Geographies of Marginalization and Identity Politics in Kiran Desai's Inheritance of Loss” in Narratives of Place in Literature and Film. Ed. Steven Allen and Kirsten Mollegaard. New York: Routledge, 2019.
  • “Re-writing the Human-Animal Divide: Butler’s ‘Amborg’ and Hindu Philosophy” Literature and Philosophy II ed. Nandita Batra and Mario Wenning. New York: Lexington Books, 2018.
  • “Trinh Minh-ha’s Tale of Love: A Narrative of Resistance”, Recontextualizing Resistance, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholar’s Publishing, 2017.
  • “Black Frontier” Cambridge History of California Literature, Ed Blake Allmendinger, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015.
  • “The Absent Presence and the Art of Autobiography in Barack Obama's Dreams From My Father" Soderton University English Series, Stockholm: Soderton University Press Publication, 2015 .
  • “Writing the Self in ‘Heterotopic’ Spaces: Reading Nawal Sadaawi’s Woman at Point Zero” From the Cradle to the Grave Life-Course Models in Literary Genres. Eds. Sabine Coelsch-Foisner & Sarah Herbe. UP of Heidelberg, 2011.
  • “Of a ‘Voice’ and ‘Bodies’: A Post-colonial critique of Meena Alexander’s Nampally Road’”. Bodies and Voices. Eds. Martin Leer et al. Amsterdam &New York: Rodopi Press, 2008.
  • “Identity Politics and the Voice of Autobiography in Sky Lee’s Disappearing Moon Café”. Fiction and Autobiography: Modes and Models of Interaction. Eds Sabine Coelsch-Foisner & Wolfgang Gortschacher. Vol.3 Peter Lang &University of Salzburg Publication, 2006.
  • “From Immigrant Uncertainty to Positive Identity: A Course traversed in the Poems of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Sharmili Mazumdar, Meena Alexander and Purvi Shah”. Asian-American Writing. Ed. Somdatta Mandal. Vol III. Prestige Publications, 2000.
  • “The Devil's Own Sin: Lucifera and Orgoglio in Spenser's The Faerie Queene”. Writing Over: Medieval to Renaissance. Eds. Sukanta Chaudhuri & Supriya Chaudhuri. Allied Publishers, 1996.
  • "The Battle Rages On: The Psychomachia and The Faerie Queene, Book I. Renaissance Essays. Ed. Sukanta Chaudhuri. Oxford University Press, 1995.


  • “ Of Cityscapes, Affect and Migrant Subjectivities” in Kiran Desai’s Inheritance of Loss. Subjectivity London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan (Forthcoming, 2021)
  • “Colonial Hangover and the Politics of Space in Kiran Desai’s Inheritance of Loss” GRAMMA: Journal of Theory and Criticism (Forthcoming, 2021)
  • “Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960)” in African American Culture: An Encyclopedia of People, Traditions, and Customs, 3 vols. (Series: Cultures of the American Mosaic). Ed. Omari L. Dyson et al. California and Colorado: ABC-CLIO, 2020.
  • “Black Bay Area Novelists” Oxford African American Studies Center, editor-in-chief Henry Louis Gates, Oxford University Press, 2018.
  • “Black LA based Novelists” Oxford African American Studies, Editor-in-chief Henry Louis Gates, Oxford University Press, 2016.
  • “Power, Politics, and Domestic Desire in Octavia Butler’s Lilith’s Brood” Callaloo Vol 36 no.3 (Summer 2013) .
  • “Re-writing the Bhabhian “Mimic Man”: Akin, the Post Human Other in Butler’s Adulthood Rites” ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature, Vol 41, 2010.
  • "Convergence or Divergence: Post-colonial critique of Asian-American diasporic poetry", UGC publication, Lady Brabourne College, Calcutta, 2002.
  • ‘Sociology of the Best Seller: A Look at Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies’, United States Information Services Publications, 2001.
  • “Hemingway's Search for Identity - from The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, For Whom The Bell Tolls to The Garden of Eden,” West Bengal Government English Fortnightly, Vol XLI- 23 Dec.16, 1999.
  • “Gender Crisis, Androgyny and the Length of Hair: A Look at For Whom the Bell Tolls, A Moveable Feast and The Garden of Eden,” Hemingway Centennial Tribute, Journal of the Department of English Rabindra Bharati University, Vol. V, 1998-99.
  • “Two Voices, Two Cultures : Black American and Indian Revolutionary Poetry,” United States Information Services Publications, 1998.


  • Roundtable on Changing Faith International conference on Octavia E. Butler, The Confluence: Octavia E. Butler at the Intersection of Cultural Critique and Climate Collapse, St. Catherine University, St Paul, Minneapolis, March, 2021. Conference went virtual.
  • Presented paper at MLA 2021 panel, Religion in Speculative and Science Fiction by Black Women. Paper Entitled: Trans-religious World-building: Hindu Philosophy and Language in Octavia Butler’s Lilith’s Brood, 7-10 January, MLA 2021, Toronto, Canada.
  • Paper entitled: “ Rapping Mumbai: Politics of Space and Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy” Károli Gáspár University’s Institute of English Studies and the Institute of Philosophy at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary, 23-24 May, 2019.
  • Paper entitled: “ Worlding Science Fiction: The Different Worlds of Octavia Butler” University of Graz, Austria, 6-8 December, 2018.
  • Paper entitled: “Literary Geographies: Identity politics in Kiran Desai’s Inheritance of Loss” Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece, 15-17 December, 2017.
  • Paper entitled: “Giving Voice to the Other: Mobility and Mediation between Coleridge and Tagore” Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand, 16-18 February 2017.
  • Paper entitled: “Octavia Butler’s Third Identity and Hindu Philosophy” University of Glasgow, Scotland, 9-11 September, 2016.
  • Paper entitled: “ ‘Palimpsestuous’ Readings of Octavia Butler’s Lilith’s Brood” University of Warsaw, Poland, 22-24 June, 2016.
  • Paper entitled: “Geographies of Marginalization and Identity Politics in Kiran Desai's Inheritance of Loss” University of Hawaii, 3-4 March, 2016.
  • Paper entitled: “Re-writing the Human-Animal Divide: Butler’s ‘Amborg’ and Hindu Philosophy” Literature and Philosophy II, University of Macau, China, 27-28 November, 2015.
  • Paper entitled: " Ecotones, Encounters and Hybridization in Octavia Butler’s Lilith’s Brood” New Ecotones, University of Montpellier, France, 9-13 June, 2015.
  • Paper entitled: “The Poetics of Consumption: Inappropriate appropriations in Trinh Minh-ha’s Tale of Love, Twelfth International Symposium on Comparative Literature: Literature and Language of Resistance, University of Cairo, Egypt, November 11th-13th, 2014.