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Prof. Maya Dodd

Ph.D. in Modern Thought & Literature from Stanford University, USA; M.A. in Literature from the University of Florida


Dr. Maya Dodd completed her Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University, where her dissertation, "Archives of Indian Democracy" focused on technologies of witness since the Emergency of 1975-77. Subsequently, she also completed post-doctoral fellowships at the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance at JNU, and with the Committe for South Asian Studies at Princeton University.

Prior to that, she received her B.A in English Literature from St. Xaviers College, University of Mumbai. She also taught Rhetoric and Composition while receiving an M.A. in English from the University of Florida and also during her graduate study at Stanford University. Since 2007, she has been at FLAME University and currently serves as the Assistant Dean for Teaching, Learning and Engagement. At FLAME, she has also served as the Chair of the Department of Humanities and Languages, and the FLAME Centre for South Asia. At FLAME she teaches Literary and Cultural Studies and offers several inter-disciplinary courses such as Cybercultures, Digital Humanities (DH), South Asian Cultural Studies and Indian Intellectual History. Her pedagogy can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=krVxVDyDAIg&t=2s and student work on DH is hosted at https://southasianculture.wordpress.com/dh/ and this is available for viewing in the FLAME connexions series at www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGaX534J-Is

Her work has appeared as chapters in edited volumes, and journals such as History and Sociology of South Asia and Contributions to Indian Sociology. She currently serves on the steering committee of DHARTI (The Digital Humanities Alliance for Research and Teaching Innovations) which is an initiative towards organising and facilitating digital practices in arts and humanities scholarship in India. Her work will be featured in the following forthcoming publications: Exploring Digital Humanities in India: Pedagogies, Practices, and Institutional Possibilities (Routledge, 2020) and Media Culture in Transnational Asia: Convergences and Divergences (Rutgers University Press, 2020).


  • Her forthcoming publications and works in progress are stated below:

  • (In Press) Edited anthology. Exploring the Digital Humanities in India. Routledge, 2018.

  • (In Press): A Critical Introduction to Digital Humanities in South Asia. Routledge. 2018

  • (Under Review) Co-edited anthology with Prof. Hyesu Park. Media, Culture, and Race Matters in Asia. Rutgers University Press, 2019.

  • Book Review of Asha Sarangi, Language and Politics in India, in “Contributions to Indian Sociology,” September/December 2011.

  • Journal Article on “Legitimacy and Legality: Nehruvian Statism and Individual Exceptionalism” in

  • History and Sociology of South Asi 4 No. 2, pp. 91-102.

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  • Chapter in Tomorrow Today (UNESCO and Tudor Rose) on “Liberalizing Education: The Quantity and Quality Debate.” Nov 2010.

  • Center for the Advanced Study of India at the University of Pennsylvania’s “India in Transition” series: “Liberalizing Education.” Appeared on September 13 2010 at http://casi.ssc.upenn.edu/iit/dodd

  • Chapter “Violence Makes the Body Politic.” Book article in edited anthology, Violence Performed: Local Roots and Global Routes of Conflict. Palgrave-Macmillan, December 2008.

  • The online archive of primary research on Emergency literature in India (1975-77) is hosted by Centre for Internet and Society and the Access and Archives initiative in India at http://publicarchives.org/full-textcollection.html

  • Collated resource for teaching: South Asian Cultural Archives and Resources for Study at www.southasianculture.wordpress.com

  • Podcast of “Caricaturing Culture” an interview with author Ritu Khaduri for the New Books Network—New Books in South Asian Studies, released in 2015. See www.nbnbooks.com