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Department of Critical Culture, Gender, & Race Studies Faculty & Staff

Nishant Shahani

Dr. Nishant Shahani

Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Florida

Curriculum vitae

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Queer theory
  • LGBT studies
  • Postcolonial studies
  • Globalization
  • Critical pedagogy
  • 20th-century American literature
  • Film studies
  • Popular culture

Selected Publications

  • Queer Retrosexualities: The Politics of Reparative Return, Lehigh University Press: Bethlehem, January 2012.
  • “Patently Queer: Late Effects and the Sexual Economies of India,” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, Duke University Press, 23(2), Pg. 195-220, 2017.
  • “How to Survive the Whitewashing of AIDS: Global Pasts, Transnational Futures,” QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking, Michigan State University Press, 3.1, Pgs. 1-33, Spring 2016.
  • “‘I Have a Voice’: Speech, Silence, and the Rehabilitation of Empire,” Postcolonial Studies, Volume 18, Issue 1, Pgs. 67-84, 2015.
  • “‘Between Light and Nowhere’: The Queer Politics of Nostalgia,” Journal of Popular Culture, Vol. 46, Issue 6, Pgs. 1217–1230, 2014.
  • “The Future is Queer Stuff: Critical Utopianism in Queer Theory,” Humanities Review, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, Duke University Press, Vol. 19, Issue 4, Pgs. 545–558, 2013.
  • “Getting Off (on) the Shortbus: The Politics of Hypothetical Queer History,” New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film, Vol. 10, Issue 2–3, Pgs. 101–114, 2013.
  • “‘If not this, what?’ Time out of Joint and the Politics of Queer Utopia,” Extrapolation, Spring 53.1, University of Liverpool Press, Pgs. 83–108, 2012.
  • “Section 377 and the ‘Trouble with Statism’: Legal Intervention and Queer Performativity in Contemporary India,” Genders (online), Issue 50, Fall 2009.
  • “The Politics of Queer Time: Reparative Returns to the Primal Scene of American Studies,” Modern Fiction Studies, Vol. 54, Number 4, John Hopkins University Press, Pgs. 791–814, Winter 2008.
  • “Pedagogical Practices and the Reparative Performance of Failure, or, What does [Queer] Knowledge Do?” JAC, Vol. 25, Number 1, Pgs. 185–207, 2005.
  • “Resisting Mundane Violence: Feminism and Queer Identity in Postcolonial India,” Michigan Journal of Feminist Studies, 17, Pgs. 27–46, 2003.
Book Chapter
  • “Feminism in India and Queer Theory: Reversing Epistemological Frames,” Indiscretions: At the Intersection of Postcolonial and Queer Theory, Editor: Murat Ayedemir, Publisher: Rodopi Press, Pgs. 225–241, 2011.
Book Review
  • “After the Fire: Is India Still Burning?” Book Review of The Phobic and the Erotic: The Politics of Sexuality in Contemporary India, edited by Bose and Bhattacharyya. GLQ, Volume 15, No. 1, Pgs. 180–182, 2009.
Encyclopedia Entries
  • “The Gay Novel,” “The AIDS Quilt,” and “Mark Merlis” in Contemporary LGBTQ Literature, edited by Emmanuel Nelson, Greenwood Press, 2009.

Contact Dr. Shahani
Wilson-Short Hall 10E

Spring 2018 Office Hours

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:00–1:00 p.m., and by appointment

Course Materials

Spring 2018
Past Courses