The Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory

The Unit Team

Susan Koshy

Susan Koshy, Director

Office: 100B English
Office Phone: 333-2581
Email: skoshy@illinois.edu

Susan Koshy is Associate Professor of English and Asian American Studies, and an affiliate faculty in the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program. She is an interdisciplinary scholar whose research on race, gender, sexuality, and diaspora is part of a larger theoretical interest in modernity, (neo)colonialism, and globalization. Her research is situated at the intersection of area studies, postcolonial studies, and ethnic studies and interrogates the boundaries of these fields. She is the author of Sexual Naturalization: Asian Americans and Miscegenation (Stanford UP, 2004), which won the Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award. She is also the co-editor of a multi-disciplinary anthology, Transnational South Asians: The Making of a Neo-Diaspora (Oxford UP, 2008). She has published over twenty articles and book chapters on transnational feminism, citizenship, immigration, Asian American literature, postcolonial literature, cosmopolitanism, comparative racialization, globalization, sex trafficking and international law, miscegenation, and human rights. Her articles have appeared in PMLA, American Literary History, Yale Journal of Criticism, Boundary 2, Differences, Diaspora, Social Text, and Transition. She serves on the Editorial Board of PMLA, American Literary History, and MELUS. She received her PhD in English from UCLA, and her B.A. and M.A. in English from Delhi University.

 


 

Sarah Richter, Graduate Assistant

    Office: 100 English
    Office Phone: 333-2581
    Email: unitra.sarah@gmail.com

 
Sarah Richter is a PhD student in Art History concentrating in African American diasporic photography and performance art. 


 

Samuel Hersh, Graduate Assistant 

    Office: 100 English
    Office Phone: 333-2581
    Email: hersh.samuel99@gmail.com

 

Samuel Hersh is a first year PhD student in English concentrating in feminist and queer science and speculative fiction of the mid- to late-twentieth century. 


Advisory Board

Jenny L. Davis (AIS/Anthropology)
Member 2020-2022

Eduardo Ledesma (Spanish & Portuguese)
Member 2020-2022

Fiona I.B. Ngô (Asian American Studies & Gender and Women's Studies)
Member 2019-2021

D. Fairchild Ruggles (Landscape Architecture)
Member 2020-2022