Harleen Singh Chair of the South Asian Studies Programs and Associate Professor of South Asian Literature and Women’s Studies at Brandeis University. She has published articles on novels from India and Pakistan, on Indian film, and reviewed books on Hip-Hop music, sexuality, and feminism. Her book The Rani of Jhansi: Gender, History, and Fable in India (Cambridge University Press, 2014) interprets the conflicting, mutable images of an historical icon as they change over time in literature, film, history, and popular culture.
Her work includes texts in English, Hindi, Urdu, and Punjabi and is interdisciplinary at its core. She works on historical and political questions of identity in literature, film, and feminist theory. Her current book projects include a critical translation of Amrita Pritam’s partition novel Pinjar and a second monograph titled Half an Independence: Women, Violence, and Modern Lives in India.