JAP-NANAK KAUR MAKKAR
Researcher of Postcolonial and Global Literature
Currently I am Assistant Professor of English at the University of Kentucky, and formerly an ACLS Postdoctoral Fellow (2020-2022) at the same department. I received a B.A. (Hons.) and an M.A. from the University of Toronto, and a P.h.D from the University of Virginia in 2018. My research interests include postcolonial literature, literary theory, and media and technology studies, topics that I approach through an engagement with histories of colonialism and capitalism.
My book project, tentatively titled Uses of Autonomy: Literature and Theory in the 1980s, reconsiders the relationship between poststructuralism and postcolonial literature in light of recent debates on critique. Some of my work appears or is forthcoming in Modern Fiction Studies, Contemporary Literature and boundary 2.