Dohra Ahmad

Ph.D., 2004, Columbia University, English and Comparative LiteratureB.A., 1993, Yale University, English Literature

Dohra Ahmad has been teaching at St. John’s since 2004. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in twentieth- and twenty-first century postcolonial and World Anglophone literature, postcolonial theory, vernacular literature, migration literature, U.S. literature, canonicity and pedagogy, 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), co-author (with Shondel Nero) of Vernaculars in the Classroom: Paradoxes, Pedagogy, Possibilities (Routledge, 2014), and editor of Rotten English: A Literary Anthology (W. W. Norton, 2007) and The Penguin Book of Migration Literature (Penguin Classics, 2019).

Areas of Specialization

Postcolonial literature and theory
World Anglophone literature
Vernacular Literature
Migration Literature
U.S. Literature
Canonicity and Pedagogy
Utopian Fiction