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Amardeep Singh Professor of English at Lehigh University

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PhD, Duke University, 2001

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Research Statement

Amardeep Singh is interested in Global Anglophone literature and film, Modernist Studies, African American Literature, and the Digital Humanities. He is the author of The Films of Mira Nair: Diaspora Verité (University Press of Mississippi, 2018), and Literary Secularism: Religion and Modernity in Twentieth-Century Fiction (2006). He has published essays in a number of scholarly journals, including South Asian Review, Feminist Modernist Studies, The Minnesota Review, and Journal of Postcolonial Writing

Prof. Singh also has several digital projects, including “African American Poetry: A Digital Anthology,”The Early Poems of Claude McKay,” “The Kiplings and India,” and “Women of the Early Harlem Renaissance.” Several of these projects have been supported by internal research grants, and have benefited from contributions from graduate student research assistants. “Women of the Early Harlem Renaissance” has been peer-reviewed by DH Reviews, and “African American Poetry: A Digital Anthology” is currently under review. 


Professor Amardeep Singh received his Ph.D. from Duke University in 2001, and has taught in the English department at Lehigh University since that time. Professor Singh was the Director of Graduate Studies in the English department between 2019-2023. He is a member of the Modernist Studies Association and the Modern Language Association. 

Since 2015, Professor Singh has been active in Digital Humanities scholarship. He has taught Digital Humanities topics at the graduate level at Lehigh, and attended conferences like the Association for Computing and the Humanities (ACH), and participated in workshops at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI). In 2011, Professor Singh received a research fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support research on Modernism in South Asian Literature. 

Professor Singh has been an academic blogger since 2004, and his blog, hosted here, has had hundreds of thousands of visitors over the years. 


The Films of Mira Nair: Diaspora Vérité. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2018. 

Literary Secularism: Religion and Modernity in Twentieth-Century Fiction. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2006. 


Selected Articles and Book Chapters:

"Digitizing Derozio: Mapping the Local and the Global Contexts of an Anglo-Indian Poet." Chapter in Literary Cultures and Digital Humanities in India (2022)

“(Un)Translatable Authorship: Positioning Yeats’ ‘Preface’ and the Poetry of Tagore’. Chapter in Tagore and Yeats: A Postcolonial-Re-envisioning (2022)

“Diasporic Crosscurrents: Gurinder Chadha and Mira Nair’s Early Documentaries” Chapter in Diaspora and Cultural Negotiations: The Films of Gurinder Chadha.

“Beyond the Archive Gap: the Kiplings and Social Reform Movements in British India.” 2019 South Asian Review. (2019)

“Visualizing the ‘Uplift’: Digitizing Poetry by African American Women Writers.” Feminist Modernist Studies 1.3, 2018. 

“The Indian Novel in the Twenty-First Century.” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature, 2017

“Postcolonial Studies.” Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies. 2016.

"Veiled Strangers: Rabindranath Tagore’s America, in Letters and Lectures." Journeys: The International Journal of Travel & Travel Writing, 10:1, 2009.

"More than 'Priestly Mumbo-Jumbo': Religion and Authorship in All About H. Hatterr." Journal of Postcolonial Writing, December 2009.

”Names Can Wait: Mis-naming the South Asian Diaspora.” South Asian Review, 28:1 2007 [2008].


Recent courses Prof. Singh has taught include “Climate Fiction and Film,” "Decolonizing the Digital Humanities," “Global Cinema,” “The Novels of Toni Morrison,” “Theories of Literature and Social Justice,” and "Things Fall Apart: British and Postcolonial Literature After 1900." Selected syllabi and lecture notes have been collected here.

Professor Singh has published essays in journals such as Feminist Modernist Studies, Minnesota Review, the Journal of Postcolonial Writing, South Asian Review, Criticism: A Quarterly, and Wasafiri. He is active on Twitter (@electrostani) and has an academic blog, which can be found here