Nandi Bhatia


Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin, 1996
Ph.D., Panjab University, India, 1993
MA, The University of Texas at Austin, 1993
MA, Panjab University, 1985
BA, Panjab University, 1983

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A specialist in Postcolonial Literature and theory, Nandi Bhatia’s research explores the connections between literary and theatrical practices, nationalism, and colonialism, and examines the ruptures and crossovers that resulted from the British Empire's longstanding engagement with India. Such connections have been analyzed in her monographs, Acts of Authority/Acts of Resistance: Theatre and Politics in Colonial and Postcolonial India (University of Michigan Press and Oxford University Press: 2004), Performing Women/ Performing Womanhood: Theatre, Politics and Dissent in North India (OUP, 2010), edited collections Modern Indian Theatre (ed., OUP, 2011) and Partitioned Lives: Narratives of Home, Displacement and Relocation (co-ed. with Anjali Gera-Roy, Pearson, 2009) and in journal articles and anthologies. Professor Bhatia is now working on a SSHRC funded project on the inter-linkages between colonial laws, nationalist practices, and the alternative public sphere of female performance in India. For her research, she was awarded the John Charles Polanyi Prize for Literature and was named UWO Faculty Scholar. In 2018-19, she was a Visiting Fellow at the Northrop Frye Centre, Victoria College, University of Toronto.