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Ph.D. – English | Brandeis University - USA

Prof. Michaela Henry
Ph.D. & M.A. in English from Brandeis University, USA; B.A. in English Literature from Emmanuel College, USA
Assistant Professor - Literary & Cultural Studies

Dr. Michaela Henry completed her Ph.D. in English from Brandeis University in 2017. She completed her dissertation with the assistance of an Andrew Mellon Foundation Dissertation Year Fellowship and a Mellon research grant at Brandeis. Dr. Henry taught literature and writing courses at Brandeis since 2011. She spent 2016-2017 teaching at the Global Pathways Institute in Mumbai, a partner organization of Arcadia University of Philadelphia.

Dr. Henry's research interests include the contemporary global novel, especially new literature featuring nuclear weapons in South Asia, as well as postcolonial literature, critical theory, and literature festivals. In addition to introductory literature and multiple levels of academic writing, Dr. Henry has taught courses on literary narratives of schooling, 20th century responses to colonialism, and the rhetoric of nuclear weapons.

In addition to her research, Dr. Henry is committed to liberal education, especially through writing pedagogy. She has worked both as a writing consultant, workshop facilitator in academic and professional writing, and in textbook publishing.

Conference Papers

  • “From Varenyum to Uranium: Nuclear Literary Method and the Time of Contemporaneity,” American Comparative Literature Association, Utrecht, Netherlands, July 6-9, 2017.
  • “Two Novels of Nuclear Bombay Today,” South Asian Literature Association, Philadelphia, PA, January 2-4, 2017.
  • “Literary Public Culture: From AIPWS to Jaipur,” South Asian Literature Association, Austin, TX, January 5-6, 2016.
  • “Global Literary Capital at the New South Asian Literature Festival,” Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (CACLALS) at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Ottawa, Ontario, May 28-June 1, 2015.
  • “'Feeling Global,' Living in a Certain Place New 'Legendary Histories' from Rao to Kunzru,” International Interdisciplinary Conference: Beyond Borders and Boundaries: Imaginings and Representations, CoHaB (Diasporic Constructions of Home and Belonging), and CASII (Centre for Advanced Studies in India), University of Mumbai, Mumbai, India, March 2-4, 2015.
  • “New 'Legendary Histories' in the South Asian Anglophone Novel: Bridging Postcoloniality, Contemporaneity, and Transnationalism in Rao, Joshi, and Kunzru,” South Asian Literature Association, Vancouver, B.C., January 6-7, 2015.
  • “Privacy and Communal End of Life in Beasts of the Southern Wild,” Brandeis University Graduate Student Conference, “Privacy,” Waltham, MA, April 12, 2014.
  • “'How did it come to this...' Narrative Monstrosity in the Contemporary Transnational Novel,” International Society for the Study of Narrative Conference, Cambridge, MA, March 27-29, 2014.
  • “'How did it come to this...': Self-consciousness of literary capital and narrative form in Kamila Shamsie's Burnt Shadows,” American Comparative Literature Association Conference, New York, NY, March 20-22, 2014.
  • “Dangarembga: Turning Novel Forms on the Turn of the Century,” North East Modern Language Association Conference, Boston, MA, March 21-24, 2013. (Panel Chair)
  • “Manipulating Textual Spaces of Englishness through Acts of Reading in Zadie Smith’s White Teeth,” The International Society for the Study of Narrative Conference, Las Vegas, NV, March 16, 2012.
  • “Text, textuality, and the act of reading the English book in Zadie Smith's White Teeth,” Brandeis University, Second Year Symposium, Waltham, MA, November 2, 2011.

Articles in Progress/Under Review

  • “Two Novels of Nuclear Bombay Today”
  • “'How did it come to this?' Storytelling and narrative form in Kamila Shamsie's Burnt Shadows”