PhD in English Candidate
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Areas of Expertise
- Postcolonial Studies and Global Anglophone Literature
- Human Rights
- Global Cold War
- South Asian Literature and Cinema
- Political and Cultural Theory
- Gender and Sexuality
- Infrastructure Studies
- M.Phil. Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 2014
- MA, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 2012
- BA (Hons.), English. University of Delhi, 2010
Preeti Singh is a Ph.D. Candidate in English and an affiliated fellow at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies. She researches and teaches postcolonial studies and Global Anglophone literature with a focus on twentieth and twenty-first-century South Asian and South Asian diasporic writing. She is especially interested in literary expressions of political and social crisis in the decolonization era, discourses of human rights, and the contemporary rhetoric and theories of populism. Her doctoral dissertation titled Postcolonial Exceptions: Cultural Lives of the Indian National Emergency (1975-1977) examines representations of the widely memorialized national Emergency declared by Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi on June 25, 1975. This project reads a range of genres- novels, theatre, cinema, and political cartoons, to script a cultural history of post-independence India through the prism of the ‘Emergency’.
At Ohio State, she has designed and taught several courses on postcolonial literature, immigrant fictions, science fiction and fantasy, and American literature. As the president of the South Asia Graduate Studies Association, she has convened film screenings, lectures, and workshops on transnational modernism, caste, gender, and race in South Asia. Before beginning research at Ohio State, Preeti taught English literature at the University of Delhi. She completed her M.A. and M. Phil degrees at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, where she wrote a dissertation on representations of postcolonial subjectivity in the emerging genre of the Indian graphic novel.
Her interdisciplinary research has been supported by the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, and the Gordon P.K. Chu Memorial Fellowship. Preeti's academic work has appeared in South Asian Review, The International Journal of Comic Art, the Journal of Drama Studies, Strange Horizons, and Raiot Magazine.
- Singh, Preeti. "Graphic Delhi: Narrating the Indian Emergency, 1975–1977 in Vishwajyoti Ghosh’s Delhi Calm". South Asian Review (Fall 2018) DOI: 10.1080/02759527.2018.1509536. Republished in Graphic Narratives About South Asia and South Asian America: Aesthetics and Politics Ed. Kavita Daiya (Routledge 2020)
- Singh, Preeti. “Hippies, Rogues and Urban Losers: Subjects of the Indian Graphic Novel”. The International Journal of Comic Art, Vol.18, No.2 (Fall/Winter 2016)