University of Mississippi

Monika R. Bhagat-Kennedy

For UM ProfileMonika Bhagat-Kennedy specializes in representations of cultural belonging, nationalism, and injustice in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Indian literature. Her current book project, Imagining Bharat: Romance, Heroism, and Hindu Nationalism in the Bengali Novel, 1880-1930, argues that the turn-of-the-century Bengali novel was instrumental in naturalizing the emerging understanding of India as the mythic Hindu space Bharat. Her research and teaching interests include nineteenth-century British philosophies of empire and historiography, theories of the novel (particularly the historical novel), trauma studies, critical race theory, contemporary South Asian diasporic literature, and global literatures of protest and resistance. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016 and earned M.A. degrees in South Asian Studies and English from the University of Michigan in 2009.


  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, English, 2016
  • M.A., University of Michigan, English Language and Literature, 2009
  • M.A., University of Michigan, South Asian Studies, 2009
  • B.A., Emory University, English and Political Science, summa cum laude, 2004

Teaching and Research Interests:

  • Postcolonial and Transnational Literatures
  • Postcolonial Studies with a focus on South Asia
  • Nineteenth-century British Imperial Literature and Philosophies of Empire
  • Theory of the Novel

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