Chair, Comparative Literature
B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1983; M.A., Middlebury College, 1988; M.A., University of Michigan, 1986; Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1990.
Interests: Postcolonial Literature and Theory; Literary and Cultural Theory; European Representation of the Middle East; Victorian Novel and Travel Literature; US Immigration History; 19th Century Photography of/in the Middle East.
A Forgetful Nation: On Immigration and Cultural Identity in the United States, (Duke University Press, 2005).
Belated Travelers: Orientalism in the Age of Colonial Dissolution (Durham: Duke University Press, 1994).
Ed. Orientalism Beyond "Orientalism," special issue of L'Esprit Createur (Summer 1994).
“Postcolonial Theory and the Predicament of “Minor Literature,” in Minor Transnationalisms, edited by Francoise Lionnet and Shu-mei Shih, (Durham: Duke University Press, 2005).
“On Globalization, Again,” in Postcolonialism and Beyond, edited by Suvir Kaul and Ania Lumba, (Durham: Duke University Press, 2005).
"Une Pratique Sauvage: Postcolonial Belatedness and Cultural Politics," The Pre-Occupation of Postcolonial Studies Postcolonial, edited by Fawzia Afzal-Khan and Kalpana Seshadri-Crooks (Durham: Duke University Press, 2000).
“Foreign Objects: Finding Solutions to Democracy’s Problems,” (and Juliet Williams), Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies, (2001).
"National Identity and Immigration: American Polity, Nativism, and the "Alien," in Beyond Dichotomies, edited by Elisabeth Mudimbe-Boyi, (Buffalo: SUNY Press, 2000).
"The Powerful Art of Qajar Photography: Orientalism and (Self)-Orientalizing in Nineteenth-Century Iran," special issue on "Representing the Qajars: New Research in the Study of 19th-Century Iran," edited by Layla Diba, Journal of Iranian Studies, (2001).
“Founding Myths of the Nation, Or What Jefferson and Hamilton Forgot about Immigration,” Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies," (2001).
"Orientalist or Orienteur? Antoin Sevruguin and the Margin of Photography," Sevruguin and the Persian Image, edited by Fredrick Bohrer, Washington, D.C.: Sackler Gallery Series, Smithsonian Museum, (1999).
"INS and Outs: Producing Delinquency at the Border," Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies, (Spring 1998).
"Reflections on the Family Photos of Iranians in Los Angeles," Suitcase (Summer 1997).
"Nationalism and Immigration in the United States," in Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies, (1997).
"Eroticism, Colonialism, and Violence," Identity, Violence and Self-determination, edited by Samuel Weber and Peter van der Veer, (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1997).
"Border INSpection: Crossing the U.S. Border," Centuries' Ends, Narrative Means, edited by Robert Newman (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1996).
Getty Consortium Scholar, 2008-09