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Dr Rahul K Gairola
PhD (U of Washington, Seattle); Critical Theory Cert. (Cornell U); MA (Rhode Island College); English Literature Cert. (U of Cambridge); BA (George Mason U)

The Krishna Somers Senior Lecturer in English & Postcolonial Literature; Fellow, Asia Research Centre

About me

Before joining MU in January 2018, I earned a joint doctorate from the Department of English and the Department of Comparative Literature, Film, & Media Studies, University of Washington, Seattle (UW). I also hold Digital Humanities (DH) certificates from DHOxSS, Oxford University, UK; DHSI, University of Victoria, Canada; and ESUDH, Leipzig University, Germany. I’ve delivered research talks at Concordia University-Montreal, Canada (2022); King’s College London, UK (online, 2021); University of California, Berkeley, USA (2020); UW (2019); Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi, India (2019); the University of Western Australia (2019), and other institutions. I’ve held research funding at Leipzig, Yale, Humboldt-Berlin, Cornell, Cambridge, and Washington universities, and am a matriculated Lifetime Member of Pembroke College, Cambridge, UK. Since 2018, I’ve been Principal Investigator of the Recalibrating Diasporas Research Cluster at MU. In 2019, I was appointed Editor of the Routledge/ Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) South Asia Book Series and The Digital Studio, University of Melbourne, appointed me Digital Champion for the State of Western Australia.     

I’ve published five books: the co-edited volume Memory, Trauma, Asia: Recall, Affect, & Orientalism in Contemporary Narratives (Routledge/ Taylor & Francis, 2021); the co-edited volume South Asian Digital Humanities: Postcolonial Mediations Across Technology’s Cultural Canon (Routledge/ Taylor & Francis, 2020); the co-authored monograph Migration, Gender & Home Economics in Rural North India (Routledge/ Taylor & Francis, 2019); the single-authored monograph Homelandings: Postcolonial Diasporas & Transatlantic Belonging (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016); and the co-edited volume Revisiting India’s Partition: New Essays in Memory, Culture, & Politics (Lexington Books/ Orient Blackswan, 2016). I’ve also co-edited themed issues of Journal of Postcolonial Writing (Taylor & Francis, 2021), South Asian Review (Routledge, 2020), and Asiascape: Digital Asia (Brill, 2019), and have widely published in peer-reviewed journals. Overall, my research unearths assumptions, practices, and policies around productions of “home,” and who such productions *exclude* across literature, culture, and the digital milieu.

I’ve taught at nine tertiary education institutions in three post-colonial countries: Australia, India, and the USA. I previously taught at the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR) in northern India (2015-2017); and Queens College and York College, The City University of New York (CUNY) in NYC (2014-2015). I was previously nominated for teaching awards at Cornish College of the Arts and the University of Washington (Seattle and Bothell campuses), USA, and earned an MU College ABLSS Learning & Teaching Award in March 2020. My teaching methods blend Socratic methodologies with diverse texts and digital media through tailored exercises that meaningfully address today’s global, environmental, and market challenges. I maintain strong socio-political stakes in diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion facilitated by my upbringing in Washington, D.C. I regularly engage in MU community outreach and recruitment activities locally and globally across social media. I speak (in this order): English, Hindi/ Urdu, Spanish, and German. And occasionally enjoy a karaoke song or a few.    

Teaching area

Postcolonial, Diaspora, & Migration Studies; Critical Theory; English & American Literature; and Comparative Literature.


Teaching Experience:

Assistant Professor of English & Comparative Literature (advanced).  Roorkee, INDIA. 

Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee.  Dept. of Humanities & Social Sciences.  June 2015 – November 2017.

  1. Principles of Literature(Independent Study).  Spring 2017.
  2. Postgraduate Research Methodologies in Language & Literature.  Spring 2016, Spring 2017.
  3. Postgraduate Technical Communication Skills (MSc and PhD students).  Fall 2015, Fall 2016.
  4. Postcolonial Indian Fiction in English (final year students).  Spring 2016.
  5. Advanced Technical Communication Skills Lecture (first year students).  Fall 2015.
  6. Advanced Technical Communication Skills Tutorial (first year students).  Fall 2015.
  7. Technical Communication Skills Lecture (required of first year students).  Fall 2016.
  8. Technical Communication Skills Tutorial (required of first year students).  Fall 2015, Fall 2016.


Assistant Professor of English (term).  New York City, USA.

The City University of New York (CUNY).  Department of English, June 2014 – June 2015.

Queens College of CUNY (Flushing, New York City)

  1. Introduction to Narratives of Ethnic America.  Spring 2015.
  2. Introduction to Global Narratives.  Fall 2014.
  3. Writing about Literature in English.  Fall 2014.
  4. Introduction to Western Humanistic Traditions.  Spring 2015.

York College of CUNY (Jamaica, New York City)

  1. Foundations of Western Literature and Thought. Spring 2015.
  2. Introduction to Literary Studies.  Spring 2015.
  3. Figures of the Human Monster: Writing about Literature.  Fall 2014.


Adjunct Professor of Africana Studies & Gender + Women’s Studies.  Baltimore area, USA. 

University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  Spring 2014.

  1. Introduction to Critical Sexuality Studies.  Spring 2014.
  2.  Race, Gender, & Media.  Fall 2014, Spring 2014.


Lecturer, Center for University Studies & Programs (regular).  Seattle area, USA.

University of Washington, Bothell.  Fall 2011-Spring 2013.

  1. Cultures of Asia:  100 Years of Bollywood.  Spring 2013.
  2. Homelandings: Diasporic Genealogies of Belonging.  Spring 2013.
  3. Interdisciplinary Writing & Asian American Literature.  Spring 2013, Winter 2013, Winter 2012.
  4. Research Writing and Black Women’s Literature.  Winter 2013.
  5. Research Writing and Literature of the British Empire.  Winter 2013.
  6. Research Writing and Ethnic American Literature.  Fall 2013, Fall 2012.
  7. Cultural Diversity in Interdisciplinary Writing.  Fall, 2011.


Adjunct Professor of Film & Media Studies (term).  Seattle, USA.

Seattle University, Film & Media Studies Program, Department of English.  2012. 

  1. Cinematic Representations of India on the Global Stage.  Fall 2012.


Adjunct Professor of Humanities & Sciences (term).  Seattle, USA.

Cornish College of the Arts (CCA).  Humanities & Sciences Dept.  2009 – 2012 and Fall 2006.

  1. Social Identities and the Arts II.  Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012.
  2. Social Identities and the Arts I.  Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011.
  3. Introduction to Critical Theory.  Fall semester 2006.


Lecturer, Comparative History of Ideas Program (term).  Seattle, USA. 

University of Washington, Seattle. College of Arts & Sciences.  2007-10.

  1. States of Violence: Representations of Conflict in South Asian Culture.  Spring 2010.
  2. Intersections of Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality, & (Dis)ability.  Winter 2010, Fall/ Summer 2008.
  3. Re-Thinking Diversity.  Spring 2009, Spring 2008, Spring 2007.
  4. Comparative History of Ideas Senior Thesis.  Summer 2007 – Spring 2010.
  5. Queering Home: Race, Class, & Sexuality in a Transnational Lens.  Winter 2009, Summer 2007.
  6. Alternative Agencies: Strategies of Resistance in Postcolonial Studies.  Fall 2007.


Postgraduate Instructor (student).  Seattle, USA.

University of Washington, Seattle.  Department of English.  2000 – 2011.

  1. Critiques of Contemporary Ethnic American Lit.  Spring 2011, Autumn 2004, Spring 2003.
  2. Queering Home: Diasporic Genealogies of (Be)longing & Nation.  Winter 2011.
  3. Racial Formations and Contemporary Postcolonial Studies.  Autumn 2010.
  4. Post-1940 American Literature and Politics of National Belonging.  Spring 2005, Winter 2002.
  5. Contemporary Literature of South Asia and Postcolonial Studies.  Winter 2005.
  6. Envisioning Gendered and Racialized Others in American Media.  Summer 2003, Spring 2002.
  7. Race, Gender, and Nation in American Short Fiction of the South.  Winter 2003, Autumn 2001.
  8. Critical Perspectives of African American Short Fiction (*Computer integrated).  Autumn 2002.


Graduate Teaching Assistant (student).  Providence, USA.

Rhode Island College.  Department of English.  1998 – 2000.

  1. College Composition and Questions of Race, Gender, and Class.  Spring 2000.
  2. Re-thinking Cultural Borders in College Composition Writing.  Fall 1999.
  3. College Composition and Themes of Race, Gender, and Class.  Spring 1999.
  4. Writing Across Cultural Borders in College Composition.  Fall 1998

Research areas

South Asian Digital Humanities; New Media Studies; Digital Pedagogy and Publications; Comparative Ethnic American Literature; & Asian American Studies; Queer Studies; and anthropomorphism and zoomorphism in literary & cultural texts.

Awards and grants

Digital Humanities Summer Institute Scholarship.  University of Victoria.  British Columbia, Canada.  4-15 July, 2018.

International Travel Grant.  Modern Language Association of America (MLA).  January 2018.

German Academic Exchange/ Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) Scholarship.  European Summer University for the Digital Humanities.  Leipzig, Germany.  July 18-28, 2017.

Workshop Invitation Grant.  Digital Humanities at Oxford Workshop (DHOxSS).  July 3-7, 2017.

Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN).  Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Government of India.  May 2017. 

International Travel Grant.  Modern Language Association of America (MLA).  January 2017.

Faculty Research Initiation Grant.  Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Government of India.  June 2016. 

Presentation Award.  Cultural Studies Association of Australasia (CSAA).  September 2015.

Workshop Grant.  Modern South Asia Workshop (MSAW) 2014 at the Macmillan Center for South Asian Studies.  Yale University.  Jan. 2014.

Travel Grant.  Modern Language Association of America (MLA).  Jan. 2014, 2009. 

Andrew C. Mellon Fellowship in the Digital Humanities.  The Humanities and Technology Camp.  March 2012.

Performing South Asia at Home & Abroad funding.  The City of Redmond, WA.  Nov. 2011.

Performing South Asia at Home & Abroad funding.  The South Asia Center, Seattle.  October 2011. 

Harvard Univ. Travel Grant.  American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA).  Winter 2009.

States of Violence: Representations of Conflict in the Film, Fiction, & Media of South Asia conference grant.  The Simpson Center for the Humanities, Seattle.  March 2009. 

Re-Thinking Transnational Studies: Critical Dialogues Across Field Formations.  Research Grant awarded by the Institute for Transnational Studies, Seattle.  Spring 2007.

Dissertation Research Fellowship.  The Simpson Center for the Humanities, UW.  Summer 2006.

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Grant for German Study.  The State of Washington.  Summer 2005.

Literacies of Transnational Migration seriesThe Simpson Center for the Humanities.  Spring 2004.

Pembroke Fellowship.  University of Cambridge (UK).  Oct. 2003- June 2004.

Merit Fellowship.  School of Criticism & Theory.  Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.  Summer 2002.

Postgraduate Fellowship.  Department of English, University of Washington (UW).  2000-1.

Graduate Teaching Fellowship.  Department of English, Rhode Island College.  1998-2000.

Excellence in College Journalism Award for Broadside (the student newspaper of George Mason University).  Associated Press/ College Media Association (CMA).  Fairfax, VA.  1994, 1995, 1997. 

College Preparation Scholarship.  Commonwealth of Virginia.  Annandale, VA.  Summer 1991.   

Events and speaking engagements

  1. “Digital Humanities in South Asia: A Postcolonial Perspective.”  Center for Digital Scholarship, Emory University.  Atlanta, GA.  Spring 2018.
  2. “Digital Humanities and Contemporary Youth Culture of India.”  The Future of Humanities: Challenges and Prospects international seminar keynote.  Department of English, Faculty of Arts.  Banaras Hindu University (BHU).  Varanasi, India.  March 30-1, 2018.
  3. “Digital Homes and Identity in Contemporary India.”  Institute for Humane Studies (IHS), George Mason University.  Arlington, VA.  January 10, 2018.
  4. “Digital Humanities and South Asian Studies.”  De-centering Interdisciplinary Studies Within the Space of the Digital Humanities.  Recent Advances and Applications in Computer Engineering (RAACE) 2017 conference.  St. Xavier’s College, University of Rajasthan.  November 23-25, 2017. 
  5. “Across the Thresholds of the Sexual and the Spiritual in Shani Mootoo’s Cereus Blooms at Night. “  Crossing Borders invited seminar, Department of English.  University of Delhi, August 22-23, 2017.
  6. “Challenges for Digital Humanities in Contemporary India: Infrastructure, Climate, and the Gender Divide.”  Access and Sustainability Expert Panel, European Summer University in Digital Humanities at the University of Leipzig.  Germany, EU.  July 21, 2017. 
  7.    “Major Theories of Adam Smith, Karl Marx, and John Maynard Keynes in an Economic and Cultural Frame.”  Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (Uttarakhand).  April 5, 2017.
  8. “Literary and Cultural Returns to Partition.”  The 1947 Partition Archive and the Center for Studies in Violence, Memory, and Trauma.  University of Delhi (NCR), India.  February 22-23, 2017.
  9. “Towards a Model of Postcolonial Digital Humanities.”  California State University, Fresno.  February 2017.
  10.  “Digital Homes: Identity and Agency in Postmillennial India.”  Winter School in the Digital Humanities.  Institute for Advanced Studies in English and the Center for Digital Humanities.  Pune (Maharashtra), India.  December 10-11, 2016.
  11. “Why Humanities Matters for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Fields.”  Jaypee University of Information Technology.  Solan (Himachal Pradesh), India.  October 3-5, 2016.
  12.  “Forming a Model of the Digital Humanities Alliance of India” via Skype.  Shrishti Institute of Art, Design, and Technology.  Bangalore (Karnataka), India.  August 6-7, 2016.
  13. “Strategies for a Strong Research Proposal.”  Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (Uttarakhand).  August 3, 2016.
  14. “Knowledge Architectures: Mumbai.”  Tata Institute for Social Sciences and Columbia University Group for Experimental Methods in the Humanities.  Mumbai (Maharashtra), India.  4-6 July, 2016.
  15. “Research and Publishing in Today’s Global Academic Market.”  Quality Improvement Program, Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, IIT Roorkee (Uttarakhand).  June 16, 2016.
  16. “Broken Homes and Insecure Homelands.”  Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (National Capital Region).  April 2016.
  17. “Process, Structure, and Theory for Doctoral Research in the Humanities & Social Sciences.”  Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, IIT Roorkee (Uttarakhand).  March 30, 2016.
  18. “Digital Humanities in India: Tools, Texts, and Theory.”  Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN)/ Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) sponsored by the Government of India.  Indian Institute of Technology Indore (Madhya Pradesh).  March 12, 2016.
  19. “India Rising: South Asian Digital Humanities, Online Advertising Critique, and & Rural Literacy.”  Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, IIT Roorkee (Uttarakhand).  February 5, 2016.
  20. “Teaching Against Capitalist Miseducation: Radical Pedagogy & the Crisis of the Public Intellectual.”  With Amrita Ghosh & John Maerhofer.  MLA Subconference.  January 6, 2016.
  21. “Gender, Literacy, & Computer Chip Technology in Rural India.”  With Dr. Arnab Datta.  The Dresher Center for the Humanities.  University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  December 8, 2015.
  22. “Migrations in Absentia: Partition, Trauma, and Digital Marketing in the 21st Century.”  Film Studies Lecture Series, Seattle University.  December 4, 2015.
  23. “India Rising: South Asian Digital Humanities and Rural Literacy.”  Department of Humanities & Social Sciences.  Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (Maharashtra).  November 9, 2015.
  24. “How to Write a Strong PhD Thesis.”  Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, IIT Roorkee (Uttarakhand). August 4, 2015.
  25. “The Role of Humanities & Social Sciences in the STEM Fields.”  Making of a Professional IIT Roorkee Orientation Program. Convocation Hall, IIT Roorkee (Uttarakhand).  July 25, 2015. 
  26. “Hide & Seek: A Conversation with Saad Khan & Rahul K. Gairola – A Google Talk,”  Google Headquarters Manhattan.  New York City, NY.  April 16, 2015.
  27. “Migrations in Absentia: Partition, Trauma, and Digital Marketing in the 21st Century.”  Postcolonial Studies Doctoral Research Group.  The Graduate Center, CUNY.  March 27, 2015.
  28. “British (Di)visions: Transreligious Alliances in Anita Desai’s Clear Light of Day Khushwant Singh’s Train to Pakistan.”  Modern South Asia Workshop, Yale University.  April 5-7, 2014.
  29. “Between Homes: Western Disciplinary Education and Heteronormative Gender Roles in Michelle Cliff’s Abeng.”  Department of English, Fordham University.  New York City, NY.  March 19, 2013.
  30. “Re-presenting Poverty: The Music of M.I.A. in Slumdog Millionaire.”  Film Studies Lecture Series, Seattle University.  October 10, 2012. 
  31. “Queering the Art Museum: An Interdisciplinary Panel.”  Henry Art Gallery/ Simpson Center for the Humanities.  University of Washington, Seattle.  May 12, 2012.
  32. “The Cooptation of Racism in the Rhetoric of ‘Marriage Equality.’”  Student Leadership Conference Keynote Lecture.  Nassau Community College, SUNY.  Garden City, NY.  April 25, 2012.
  33.  “Black Ghosts: Race and the Supernatural in the novels of Michelle Cliff and Shani Mootoo.”  Univ of Georgia, Athens.  May 6, 2010.
  34. “Queering Home: Neoliberal Nationalism and Diasporic Genealogies in Hanif Kureishi’s Sammy and Rosie Get Laid.”  The Graduate Center, The City University of New York (CUNY).  March 19, 2010.
  35. “Home, Identity, & Pedagogies of Belonging.”  Univ. of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.  March 8, 2008.
  36. “Counter-mapping America: Resistive Reading Practices in the Era of ‘Terror’ & Transnational Capital.”  Panjab University.  Chandigarh (Punjab), India.  March 12, 2004.

Professional and community service

  1. Co-Editor, salaam: the newsletter of the south asian literary association (SALA), and Executive Committee Member, SALA.  January 2018 – present.
  2. Executive Committee Member.  Australasian Association for Digital Humanities (aaDH).  December 2017 – present.
  3. Faculty Search Committee.  HSS Department.  July 2017 — ongoing.  IIT Roorkee.
  4. Coordinator of Undergraduate English (Basic).  HSS Department.  July 2017 — ongoing.  IIT Roorkee.
  5. Citizen Historian.  1947 Partition Archive.  April 2017.
  6. Faculty Facilitator.  Ethical Hacking Workshop with Rizwan Shaikh.  Cognizance 2017 Techfest, IIT Roorkee.  April 24-5, 2017.
  7. Judge.  Hush, Hush!  Breaking the Taboo on Sex in India.  Cognizance 2017 Techfest, IIT Roorkee.  April 26, 2017.
  8. Faculty Supervisor.  Prof. Vijaya Aggarwala Memorial Maths Olympiad for Secondary Standard Students.  Indian Women’s Scientists Association of Bombay and the Greenway School.  Roorkee, Uttarakhand.  February 5, 2017.
  9. Advisory Board.  EdRubric: Building Stronger Foundations of Education start-up.  Approved by the Government of Andhra Pradesh, India.  January 2017.
  10. Faculty Member, Ishan Vikas: National Initiative Program for Children of North Eastern States.  Mahatma Gandhi Central Library and HSS Dept., IIT Roorkee.  December 5th and 14th, 2016.
  11. Faculty Supervisor/ Head Tutor.  The Writing Studio @ IIT Roorkee.  December 2016 – present.
  12. Founding/ Organizing Member.  Digital Humanities Alliance of India (DHAI).  July 2016 – present.
  13.  Article Editor and Anonymous Peer Reviewer, Postcolonial Text.  July 2015 – present.
  14. Faculty Advisor, Soft Skills Cell (SSC, English Communication Skills Colloquium).   Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India.  August 2015 – present.
  15. Editor.  salaam: the newsletter of the south asian literary association.  January 2012 – July 2016.
  16. Executive Committee Member.  South Asian Literary Association (SALA), Jan. 2012 – July 2016.
  17. Co-Chair.  Partition Narratives & South Asian Diasporas.  Pre-conference, 42nd Annual Conference of the Center for South Asia, University of Wisconsin.  Madison, WI.  October 17-20, 2013.
  18. Film Dialogue Moderator/ Provocateur, Hide and Seek by Saad Khan.  Seattle South Asian Film Festival (SSAFF).  October 5, 2013.  Seattle, WA.
  19. Curatorial Committee Member.  Hometown Desi: A Permanent Exhibit of the South Asian American Experience in the Pacific Northwest.  The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience.  Seattle, WA.  October 2013.
  20. Co-Chair.  Performing South Asia at Home and Abroad, South Asian Literary Association (SALA)/ MLA Annual Convention.  January 4-5, 2012.  Seattle, WA.
  21. Digital Content Ambassador.  Wikipedia.org.  Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA.  2011.
  22. Co-Chair.  States of Violence: Representations of Conflict in the Film, Fiction, and Media of South Asia.  The James Clowes Center for Peace and Dialogue, UW.  Seattle, WA.  2008-9.
  23. Curriculum Transformation Committee.  Comparative History of Ideas Program (CHID).  University of Washington.  Seattle, WA.  2009-2012.
  24. Faculty Scorer.  Educational Testing Service (ETS).  Daytona Beach, FL.  Summer 2006.
  25. Executive Committee Member.  Trikone Northwest (advocacy organization for the queer South Asian community in the Pacific Northwest).  2003-2006. Seattle, WA.
  26. Co-Chair.  Gender & Sexuality Studies Colloquium.  School of Criticism and Theory, Cornell University.  Ithaca, NY.  Summer 2002.
  27. Community volunteer advocate.  API Chaya non-profit organization for women victims of domestic abuse.  Seattle, WA.  2001-2006.
  28. Co-Chair.  Emerging Forms: Media, Narrative, & Technique in the Twenty First Century Cinema Studies Conference and Short Film Festival in 2001.  Organizing Committee member, 2000-2003.




  1. Rahul K. Gairola and Sharanya Jayawickrama. Memory, Trauma, Asia: Recall, Affect, and Orientalism in Contemporary Narratives. London: Routledge/ Taylor & Francis Group. February 2021. 
  2. Risam, Roopika, and Rahul K. GairolaSouth Asian Digital Humanities: Postcolonial Mediations across Technology’s Cultural Canon. London:Routledge/ Taylor & Francis Group. July 2020.
  3. Nauriyal, D.K., Nalin Negi, and Rahul K. Gairola. Migration, Gender, & Home Economics in Rural North India. London: Routledge/ Taylor & Francis Group. September 2019.
  4. Gairola, Rahul K. Homelandings: Postcolonial Diasporas & Transatlantic Belonging. London and New York: Rowman & Littlefield International, September 2016.
  5. Singh, Amritjit, Nalini Iyer, and Rahul K. Gairola, Eds. Revisiting India’s Partition: New Essays on Memory, Politics, & Culture (South Asia edition). Hyderabad, India: Orient Blackswan, October 2016/ (Americas edition). Lanham, USA: Lexington Books, June 2016.

Under review

  1. Gairola, Rahul K. Digital Homes: Technology & Sexuality in the South Asian Diaspora.

Journal special issues


  1. Gairola, Rahul K., Lauren O’Mahony, Sarah Courtis, and Tim Flanagan. Liminal Diasporas: Danger & Difference in the 21st Century. Special issue proposal accepted by Journal of Postcolonial Writing. London: Routledge/ Taylor & Francis. February 2021.
  2. Risam, Roopika, and Rahul K. Gairola. Digital Humanities and South Asian Studies special issue. South Asian Review (SAR). London: Routledge/ Taylor & Francis Group, UK. September 2019.
  3. Gairola, Rahul K., and Martin Roth. The Spatiality of Asian Digitality special issue. Asiascape: Digital Asia. Leiden and Boston: Brill Publishers, The Netherlands. May 2019.

Peer-reviewed journal essays


  1. Gairola, Rahul K. “Tools to Dismantle the Master’s DH(ouse): Towards a Genealogy of Partition, Digital Necropolitics, and Bollywood Cinema.” Postcolonial Studies (Routledge/ Taylor & Francis). December 2019. 1-23.
  2. Gairola, Rahul K. “The X Factor of Sex: Transgender Agency, Digital Pornography, and Intersex/tionality in India Today.” South Asian Pornographies: Vernacular Formations of the Permissible and Obscene special issue. Porn Studies (Routledge/ Taylor & Francis Group). June 2019.
  3. Risam, Roopika, and Rahul K. Gairola. “South Asian Digital Humanities Then and Now.” Digital Humanities and South Asian Studies special issue. South Asian Review 40.2 (September 2019). 1-15.
  4. Gairola, Rahul K., and Martin Roth. “Cyber Zones: Digital Spatialities and Material Realities Across Asia.” Digital Spatiality special issue. Asiascape: Digital Asia (May 2019). 4-16.
  5. Gairola, Rahul K. “Brooms of Doom: Notes on Domestic Bodies Gendered to Death in Mughal-e-Azam, Fire, and Earth. Precarity, Resistance, and Care Communities in South Asia special issue. South Asian Review (January 2019). 1-15.
  6. Gairola, Rahul K. “Android Matters: Apocalyptic Technology and Hegelian Dystopia in Ridley Scott’s Bladerunner (1982).” Delhi University Journal of the Humanities & Social Sciences, Volume IV (July 2018). 1-15.
  7. Gairola, Rahul K. “Sounds Like Resistance: Representation & Digital Music Collaboration in Slumdog Millionaire (2008).” Digital Humanities in India special issue. Asian Quarterly: An International Journal of Contemporary Issues 15.4 (February 2018). 12-39.
  8. Gairola, Rahul K.Bastardly Duppies and Dastardly Dykes: Queer Sexuality and the Supernatural in Michelle Cliff’s Abeng (1984) and Shani Mootoo’s Cereus Blooms at Night (1996).” African and Diasporic Women’s Literature: Transitions, Transformations and Transnationalism special issue of Wagadu: A Journal of Transnational Women’s and Gender Studies, Vol. 18 (February 2018). 15-54.
  9. Gairola, Rahul K., and Ashna Ali. “Ambivalence & Security in the Anglo-American Empire: A Critical Dialogue with Homi K. Bhabha.” Journal of Narrative Theory 47.1 (March 2017). 143-159.
  10. Gairola, Rahul K. “Exclusionary Education(s): An Ongoing Dialogue with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak.” Journal of Exclusion Studies 7.1 (February 2017). 1-10.
  11. Gairola, Rahul K. “Limp Wrists, Inflammatory Punches: Violence, Masculinity, & Queer Sexuality in Shyam Selvadurai’s Funny Boy (1994).” South Asian History & Culture 5.4 (Summer 2014). 1-15. —- Reprint in Mapping South Asian Masculinities: Men and Political Crises. Chandrima Chakraborty, Ed. New York: Routledge, 2015.
  12. Gairola, Rahul K. “Engendering Cuisines: Food as a ‘Magico-Realist Agent’ in Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children (1980).” JSL: Journal of the School of Language, Literature, & Culture Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University XVII (Winter 2014). 43-55.
  13. Gairola, Rahul K. “White Skin, Red Masks: Queer Images from Physique Pictorial, 1957-67.”  Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies 8.4 (Winter 2012). 1-17.
  14. Gairola, Rahul K. “Occupy Education: An Interview with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak.” Politics and Culture (September 2012). https://politicsandculture.org/
  15. Gairola, Rahul K. “A Critique of Thatcherism and the Queering of Home in Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (1987).” South Asian Diasporas special issue. South Asian Review: Journal of the South Asian Literary Association 32.3 (December 2011). 123-137.
  16. Gairola, Rahul K. “Capitalist Houses, Queer Homes: Sexuality & South Asian Diasporas in Hanif Kureishi’s My Beautiful Launderette (1985).” South Asian Popular Culture 7.1 (April 2009). 37-54.
  17. Gairola, Rahul K. “Deterritorialisations of Desire: Transgressive Sexuality as Filipino Anti-Imperialist Resistance in Jessica Hagedorn’s Dogeaters.” XXX special issue. Philament: A Journal of Literature, Arts, & Culture 7 (December 2005). 22-41.
  18. Gairola, Rahul K. “Queering Orientalism: Sexual Otherness & Asian American Studies.”  Orientalism & the Legacy of Edward Said special issue. Amerasia: Journal of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center 31.1 (Spring 2005). 27-31.
  19. Gairola, Rahul K. “Filmic Negotiations between Postcoloniality & Queerness: An Interview with Nisha Ganatra.” Postcolonial Queer Studies special issue. Journal of Commonwealth & Postcolonial Studies 10.1 (Spring 2003). 226-238.
  20. Gairola, Rahul K. “Burning with Shame: Desire and South Asian Patriarchy, from Gayatri Spivak’s ‘Can the Subaltern Speak?’ to Deepa Mehta’s Fire.” Comparative Literature: Journal of the American Comparative Literature Association 54.5 (Fall 2002). 307-324. Reprint in Contemporary Literary Criticism 233 (Thomson Gale, 2007).
  21. Gairola, Rahul K. “Western Experiences: Education and ‘Third World Women’ in the Fictions of Meena Alexander and Tsitsi Dangarembga.” Jouvert: A Journal of Postcolonial Studies 4.2 (Spring 2000).

Peer-reviewed book chapters

In press

  1. Elham Fatma, Rahul K. Gairola, and Rashmi Gaur. “Engendering Islam: Religio-Cultural Violence and Trauma in Qaisera Shahraz’s The Holy Woman (2001).” Trauma, Memory, and Healing in Asian Literature and Culture. Sharanya Jayawickrama, Ed. London: Routledge/ Taylor & Francis Group, 2019.


  1. Gairola, Rahul K. “Caliban’s Verses and Curses: The Dialect(ic)s of Subordination in Shakespeare’s The Tempest, from Text to Film.” Text, Context, and Constructions of Identity edited by Rajesh Kumar and Om Prakash. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publication, 2019. 28-42.
  2. Gairola, Rahul K. and Elham Fatma. “Conjugal Homes: Marriage Culture in Contemporary Novels of the Pakistani Diaspora.” The Routledge Companion to Pakistani Anglophone Writing: Origins, Contestations, New Horizons. Aroosa Kanwal and Saiyma Aslam, Eds. Abingdon, UK: Routledge/ Taylor & Francis Group, 2018. 236-247.
  3. Gairola, Rahul K. “Digital Closets: Postmillenial Representations of Queerness in Hansel Mehta’s Aligarh and Shakun Batra’s Kapoor & Sons.” Queering Digital Activisms, Intimacies & Subjectivities in India. Rohit Dasgupta and Debanuj Dasgupta, Eds. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018. 54-71.
  4. Gairola, Rahul K. “From Bombay Dost to Global Host: Mobile Imaginings of Cybergaysians in Contemporary, Queer India.” Disrupting the Discourse: New Feminisms in South Asian Film, Literature, and Social Media. Alka Kurian and Sonora Jha, Eds. New York: Routledge/ Taylor & Francis Group, 2018. 85-104.
  5. Gairola, Rahul K. “A Partition without Borders: Diasporic Readings of Anita Desai’s Clear Light of Day & Khushwant Singh’s Train to Pakistan.” Crossing Borders: Essays on Literature, Culture, & Society. Tapan Basu and Tasneem Shahnaaz, Eds. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2017. 119-134.
  6. Gairola, Rahul K. “A Manifesto for Postcolonial Queer Translation Studies.” Feminist Translation Studies: Local and Transnational Perspectives. Olga Castro and Emek Ergun, Eds. New York: Routledge/ Taylor & Francis Group, 2017. 70-79.
  7. Gairola, Rahul K. “Migrations in Absentia: Partition, Trauma, and Digital Marketing in the 21st Century.”  Revisiting India’s Partition: New Essays on Memory, Politics, & Culture. Amritjit Singh, Nalini Iyer, and Rahul K. Gairola, Eds. Washington, DC: Lexington Books, 2016. 53-70.
  8. Singh, Amritjit, Nalini Iyer, and Rahul K. Gairola. “Introduction: The Long Partition and Beyond.” Revisiting India’s Partition: New Essays on Memory, Politics, & Culture. Amritjit Singh, Nalini Iyer, and Rahul K. Gairola, Eds. Washington, DC: Lexington Books, 2016. xiii-xxxv.
  9. Gairola, Rahul K. “Re-Worlding the Oriental: Critical Perspectives on Madonna as Geisha.” Madonna’s Drowned Worlds: New Approaches to Her Cultural Transformations (1983 – 2003). Santiago Fouz-Hernandez & Freya Ivens-Jarmin, Eds. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishers, 2004.  104-119.
  10. Gairola, Rahul K. “The Kitchen as Liberatory Space: the Un-Gendering of Tita in Laura Esquivel’s Like Water for Chocolate.Literature, Gender, Space.  Sonia Villegas-Lopez and Beatriz Dominguez-Garcia, Eds. Huelva, Spain: University of Huelva Press, 2004.  115-124.


  1. Gairola, Rahul K., and Paul Arthur. “Digital Humanities Across the Indian Ocean: A Comparative Dialogue on India and Australia with Rahul K. Gairola and Paul Arthur.” Decolonizing Digital Humanities. Kathleen Marie Ryan and David Staton, Eds. New York: Routledge, September 2021.
  2. Gairola, Rahul K. “Threads of Identity: Clothing, Caste, and Community in Raja Rao’s Kanthapura.” Reading India in a Transnational Era: The Works of Raja Rao. Rumina Sethi and Letizia Alterno, Eds. New Delhi: Routledge, 2020.
  3. Gairola, Rahul K. “Peering Outside of the Pink Tent: Mapping Postcolonial Digital Humanities along the Queer Rim of the Indian Ocean.” Global Debates in the Digital Humanities. Domenico Fiormonte, Sukanta Chaudhuri, and Paola Ricaurte, Eds. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2020.

Reference source entries


  1. Gajjala, Radhika, Roopika Risam, and Rahul K. Gairola. “What is Postcolonial Digital Humanities (#DHpoco)?” salaam: the newsletter of the south asian literary association 38.1 (July 2014). 7-11.
  2. Gairola, Rahul K. “Pankaj Mishra.” South Asian Novelists in English: An A to Z Guide. Jaina Sanga, Ed. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2003.
  3. Gairola, Rahul K. “Meena Alexander,” “Alterity,” and “Primitivism.” Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies. John Hawley, Ed. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2001.



  1. Rathee, Shabnam and Rahul K. Gairola. Book review of Gayatri Gopinath’s Unruly Visions: The Aesthetic Practices of Queer Diaspora. (November 2019).
  2. Gairola, Rahul K. Book review of Deepika Bahri’s Postcolonial Biology: Psyche and Flesh after Empire. South Asian Review (December 2018).
  3. Gairola, Rahul K. Book review of Shashi Tharoor’s An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India. South Asian Review 38.3 (August 2018).
  4. Gairola, Rahul K. Book review of Geeta Patel’s Risky Bodies & Techno-Intimacy: Reflections on Sexuality, Media, Science, and Finance. South Asian Review 38.2 (2017).
  5. Gairola, Rahul K. Book review of Shyam Selvadurai’s The Hungry Ghosts. South Asian Review 37.1 (2016).
  6. Gairola, Rahul K. Documentary review of Tying the Knot. Popmatters.com (October 29, 2004).
  7. Gairola, Rahul K. Book review of Jean Baudrillard’s Passwords. Popmatters.com (January 21, 2004).
  8. Gairola, Rahul K. and Sharleen Mondal. Book review of Rajeswari Sunder Rajan’s The Scandal of the State: Women, Law, & Citizenship in Postcolonial India. South Asian Review 24.3 (2003).
  9. Gairola, Rahul K. Book Review of Salman Rushdie’s Fury and Step Across This Line, 1992 – 2002Popmatters.com (10 October 2002).
  10. Gairola, Rahul K. “Will & Grace: Watching with Ambivalence.” Popmatters.com (September 16, 2000).
  11. Gairola, Rahul K. Review of Michael Eric Dyson’s Material Witness: Race, Identity and the Politics of Gangsta Rap. Literature & Psychology: A Journal of Psychoanalytic and Cultural Criticism 45.4 (1999). 

Public scholarship

  1. Gairola, Rahul K. “The Efficacy of Modern Democracies at and beyond Home.” Jaggery: A DesiLit Arts and Literature Journal. Summer 2017.
  2. Gairola, Rahul K. “Make America Home Again: Expats in India Wonder.DNA: Daily News & Analysis. November 30, 2016.
  3. Gairola, Rahul K. “Like Father, Like Son: A Dialogue with Professor Kamal Verma & Ambassador Richard Verma.” salaam: the newsletter of the south asian literary association 40.2 (Winter 2016).
  4. Gairola, Rahul K. and Arnab Datta. “Portable India: A Vision of Responsible Literacy in Digital Democracy.” The Advocate, The City University of New York, USA (October 7, 2015).
  5. Gairola, Rahul K. and Robert Franceschini. “Two Years Later: Catching up with Kshama Sawant.” salaam: the newsletter of the south asian literary association 39.1 (Summer 2015).
  6. Gairola, Rahul K. “Wikipedia Ohne Internet” (“Wikipedia Without Internet).” Ich und die Technik (Technology and I) special issue. Kulturaustausch (Culture Exchange).  Institute for Foreign Relations, Government of Germany (April 2015).
  7. Gairola, Rahul K. “President Obama and Fellow Democrats Rock the UW.”  Seattle Gay News (October 29, 2010).
  8. Gairola, Rahul K. “Bombay Dreaming and the Class Configurations of Home: A Review and Interview on Bombay Dreams.” Popmatters.com (5 October 2006).
  9. Gairola, Rahul K. and Jonah Wyn Pugh. “Uniting the Kingdom of Hip Hop: A Chat with Asylum Speakers.” The Lip 3: Immigration special issue (Edinburgh, Scotland: Creative Commons, 2004).