Dr. Gaurav Desai received a Ph.D. in English from Duke and is currently a Professor of English.
Gaurav Desai is the author of Subject to Colonialism: African Self-fashioning and the Colonial Library (Duke University Press, 2001) and editor of Teaching the African Novel (MLA, 2009) he has guest edited a volume of essays on "Culture and the Law" (South Atlantic Quarterly, 100.4, 2001), on "Actually Existing Colonialisms" (Journal of Contemporary Thought, 24, 2006), on "Asian African Literatures" (Research in African Literatures, 42.3, 2011), and co-edited a volume of essays on "Multi-Ethnic Literatures and the Idea of Social Justice" (MELUS, 28.1, Spring 2003). Postcolonialisms: An Anthology of Cultural Theory and Criticism (Rutgers University Press, 2005) which he co-edited with Supriya Nair has become a standard reference and classroom text since its publication. Among Desai's other publications are articles in edited collections and journals such as PMLA, Genders, Representations, Boundary2, Interventions, Research in African Literatures, African Studies Review and Cultural Critique. Recipient of a residential fellowship at the National Humanities Center in 2001, Desai has also been awarded a Rockefeller Foundation award for a residency at the Bellagio Center in Italy, a visiting fellowship at the Center for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and the Humanities at Cambridge University, and an ACLS Burkhardt Fellowship for his research. In 2004, Desai was made a life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University. His latest book on narratives of Indian Ocean connections between Africa and India, Commerce with the Universe: Africa, India and the Afrasian Imagination (Columbia University Press, 2013) received the 2014 Rene Wellek Prize from the American Comparative Literature Association and was a finalist for the Bethwell Ogot Prize from the African Studies Association as well as the Asia-Africa Book Prize awarded by the International Institute for Asian Studies in Leiden.
Gaurav Desai is currently co-editing a volume of essays on Approaches to Teaching the Works of Amitav Ghosh and another volume on Critical Terms for the Study of Africa. In addition, he is working on several article length projects.
Commerce with the Universe: Africa, India and the Afrasian Imagination. New York: Columbia University Press, 2013. (Ppb, 2016).
Subject to Colonialism: African Self-fashioning and the Colonial Library. Durham, N.C: Duke University Press, 2001.
“The Novel in Africa: Theories and Debates,” in The Oxford History of the Novel in English: The Novel in Africa and the Atlantic World, vol. 11, ed. Simon Gikandi, (Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016), 515-25.
“`Ye Zindagi Usi Ki Hai’: Illicit Desire and (Post)colonial Romance in M.G. Vassanji’s The Book of Secrets,” Summerhill (IIAS), Vol 20, no. 1 (Summer 2014): 18-26.
“Introduction: The Virtual Transformation of the Public Sphere,” in The Virtual Transformation of the Public Sphere, ed. Gaurav Desai (New Delhi: Routledge, 2013), 1-15.