Alpana Sharma, Ph.D.

English Language & Literatures
Professor and Chair
Millett Hall 466, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Alpana Sharma is professor and chair of English at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Pittsburgh and taught at the University of Delaware and University of Nebraska-Lincoln before moving to Wright State University in 2000. She has edited a collection of essays on American immigrant literature titled New Immigrant Literatures in the United States and a special issue of the journal, South Asian Review, on the topic of South Asian modernism. Her scholarship on South Asian writers, post-colonial literature, and Indian cinema has appeared in academic journals ranging from Modern Fiction Studies and Quarterly Journal of Film and Video to South Asian Review and Literature/Film Quarterly. She has published several book chapters, of which “From Nawab to Jihadi: The Transformation of Muslim Identity in Popular Indian Cinema,” in Islam and Postcolonial Discourse (Routledge Press, 2017), is the most recent. Her essay, "Intimations of Modernity: The Legacy of Toru Dutt," appeared in the Modern Language Association's Options for Teaching Series, Teaching Anglophone South Asian Women Writers, in August 2021. Alpana Sharma has served on the Executive Committee of the South Asian Literary Association, an allied organization of the Modern Language Association, and is on the editorial board of the journal South Asian Review. She is an MLA Delegate for the Great Lakes region, a term ending in 2024. At Wright State University, she teaches courses in non-western literature, Anglophone world literature, Asian diasporic literature, South Asian women's literature, post-colonial literature and theory, and Indian cinema. 

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