I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of English where I am currently completing my dissertation, “Broadcasting Friendship: Decolonization, Literature, and the BBC,” which analyzes the politics and forms of literary radio broadcasts from London to the West Indies, South Asia, and Africa during the decolonization era. In my dissertation, I focus on the relationship between individual agency and institutional power in the BBC’s Overseas Service as well as the Transcription Centre, a Cold War era organization directed by a former BBC employee but funded by American grants. I argue that friendship was a productive political and aesthetic concept for colonial writers working within metropolitan broadcasting institutions even as liberal models of friendship were being strategically used as tools of British soft power. I have received research support for this project through grants from the Harry Ransom Center as well as from several offices at Ohio State.
My research and teaching interests include British and Global Anglophone Literature, transnational modernism, postcolonial theory, poetry and poetics, and radio studies. My interest in British colonial institutions has also led to my research on the reception of British literature in colonial India, and my work on the nineteenth-century Bengali poet Michael Madhusudan Datta has appeared in Milton Quarterly.