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Dohra Ahmad

Associate Professor and Assistant Chair
Ph.D., 2004, Columbia University, English and Comparative Literature
B.A., 1993, Yale University, English Literature

Dohra Ahmad has been teaching at St. John’s University since 2004, having received her Ph. D. from Columbia University that year. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in twentieth- and twenty-first century postcolonial and world Anglophone literature, postcolonial theory, World Literature pedagogy, American and ethnic American literature, and utopian fiction. In the broadest terms, her research aims to draw thematic, stylistic, and historical connections among various literary movements of the past century. She is the author of Landscapes of Hope: Anti-Colonial Utopianism in America (Oxford University Press, 2009), editor of Rotten English: A Literary Anthology (W. W. Norton, 2007), and co-author (with Shondel Nero) of Vernaculars in the Classroom: Paradoxes, Pedagogy, Possibilities (Routledge, 2014). Her essays have appeared in ELH, the Yale Journal of Criticism, Social Text, Pedagogy, and the Journal of Commonwealth Literature.

Areas of Specialization

  • Postcolonial literature
  • 19th- and 20th-century American and African-American literature
  • South Asian literature in English
  • Utopian Fiction