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Indiana University Bloomington

Purnima Bose

Purnima Bose

Email | 812-855-5334


Associate Professor of English
Adjunct Professor of American Studies, Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, and History
Affiliated Associate Professor of Gender Studies

PhD: Comparative Literature, The University of Texas at Austin, 1993

I am a post-colonial scholar, whose earlier work focused on British colonialism and the links between Irish and Indian feminists and nationalists in the first half of the twentieth century. Since then, I have become interested in globalization, the role of corporations in public life, and anti-globalization resistance. This interest arises out of a desire to comprehend the local in relation to the global, and connect Indiana to India through a study of General Electric, which has a plant in Bloomington and is the largest foreign employer in India. I am also fascinated by the ways in which globalization shapes the Indian (US) diaspora and its conception of identity and history. Besides an engagement with South Asia, these seemingly different projects are united by my attention to hegemonic structures, on the one hand, and activism, on the other. I am motivated to understand how people make sense of their worlds and how they become inspired to change their circumstances. While my formal training is in Comparative Literature, my scholarship tends to be an eclectic mix of history, cultural studies, social movement theory, and feminist analysis.


Partial List of Publications and Presentations (click images for more information)

Cultural Critique and the Global CorporationCultural Critique and the Global Corporation. Co-edited with Laura E. Lyons. Forthcoming Indiana University Press.

Organizing Empire: Individualism, Collective Agency, and IndiaOrganizing Empire: Individualism, Collective Agency, and India. (Durham: Duke University Press, September 2003) and (Delhi: Zubaan Press, 2006).


Organizing Empire: Individualism, Collective Agency, and India has been reviewed in American Historical Review, Asian Studies Review, Canadian Journal of History, Discourse in Society, E3W Review of Books, Foreign Affairs, The International History Review, Interventions, Journal of Intercultural Studies, The Journal of Asian Studies, The Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, National Women’s Studies Association Journal, and South Asia Review, Times Literary Supplement.

“Hindutva Abroad.” Global South 2.1, Spring 2008.

“From Agitation to Institutionalization: The Student Anti-Sweatshop Movement in the New Millennium.” Indiana Journal Of Global Legal Studies. Vol. 15, Winter 2008.

“Max Barry’s Jennifer Government and NationStates: Neo-liberalism and the Cultural Public Sphere,” Acta Scientiarum: Human and Social Sciences 2, December, 2007.

"The Colonel's Secret: Corporation Fetishism and KFC." With Laura. E. Lyons. Against the Current. Vol. XVII. No. 3 (July-August 2002)

" Mississippi Masala, South Asian Activism and Agency." With Linta Varghese. Haunting Violations: Feminist Criticism and the Crisis of the "Real". Ed. by Wendy Kozol and Wendy Hesford. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2001.

"A Three Point Plan for a Big Ten University: Pedagogy, Politics, and Activism." Concerns. Vol. 27, No. 1-2. (Spring 2000).

"The Scent of a Conflict: Kashmir, Transnationalism, and the National Imaginary." Passages. Vol. 1, No. 2 (1999).

"Dyer Consequences: The Trope of Amritsar, Ireland, and the Lessons of the 'Minimum' Force Debate." With Laura E. Lyons. boundary 2. Vol. 26. No. 2 (Summer 1999).


Additional Appointments

Editorial Board Member: Genders, SAGAR, Terra Roxa e Outras Terras.