Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan

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Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan works at the intersections of ethnic, postcolonial, and Anglophone literary studies, with an emphasis on Asian American and South Asian Anglophone cultural production. Her forthcoming monograph Overdetermined (under contract, Columbia UP) offers a metacritical, institutionally-situated analysis of 20th and 21st century Indian English literatures. She is also co-writing an epistolary memoir, The Portal (under contract, Aleph), and writing a book of public-facing essays, What is ‘We’? (under contract, Agenda).

Srinivasan is a co-editor of Thinking With an Accent: Toward a New Object, Method, and Practice (UC Press, 2023), which won the 2024 René Wellek Prize for Best Edited Essay Collection from the ACLA. Other editorial projects include “1990 at 30” (Post45 Contemporaries, 2020), “From Postcolonial to World Anglophone” (Interventions, 2018), “The Asian Century: Idea, Method, and Media” (Verge, forthcoming) and “Fictions of the Pandemic” (Modern Fiction Studies, forthcoming). Her scholarly essays have been published in journals including Comparative Literature, Modern Language Quarterly, Feminist Formations, GLQ, South Asian Review, and ARIEL, and in edited volumes including The Critic as Amateur (Bloomsbury, 2019), Teaching Anglophone South Asian Women Writers (MLA Options, 2021), and the Oxford Research Encyclopedia (2018).

Srinivasan is a freelance essayist with an extensive record of public writing, including online for The New YorkerGuernica, LARB, Public Books, Asian American Writer’s Workshop, and openDemocracy, and in print with The Caravan, The Philosopher, and Himal Southasian. She wrote an award-winning, syndicated column for India Currents from 2001-2016 and was Editor of the magazine from 2007-2009. Her poetry and creative nonfiction have been published in Meridians, Kartika Review, Politics/Letters, and MarchXness.

Before coming to Rice, Srinivasan taught at the University of Arizona and the University of Nevada, Reno. She is an affiliate faculty member of Rice’s department in Transnational Asian Studies and the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality.

Research Areas

Asian American and South Asian Anglophone Literatures; Accent Studies; Transnational Asian Studies; Postcolonial, Feminist, and Critical Theory; Cultural Studies


PhD, University of California, Berkeley

BA, Duke University


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