Distinguished Professor, Hunter College. English.
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., Nottingham University, U.K.
Campus Affiliation: CUNY Graduate Center
Research Interests: poetry and poetics; trauma, migration and memory; post-colonial and transnational literatures ; feminism, gender and sexuality; questions of embodiment and autobiography ; phenomenology; South Asian and Asian American literatures; British Romanticism.
Theory Group Field Specialization: African American Writings and Poetics|Feminist Theory and Women's Writings|Literary History, Criticism, and Theory|Postcolonial Literature and Theory
Chronological Period Specialization: The Romantic Movement|Twentieth-Century Literature
- Poetics of Dislocation (University of Michigan Press, Poets on Poetry series, 2009).
- Quickly Changing River (TriQuarterly Books/ Northwestern University Press, 2008).
- Indian Love Poems, editor. (Everyman's Library/Knopf, 2005).
- Raw Silk (TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press, 2004).
- Illiterate Heart (TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press, 2002). Winner of the PEN Open Book Award.
- Manhattan Music (San Francisco: Mercury House, 1997).
- The Shock of Arrival: Reflections on Postcolonial Experience (Boston: Southend Press, 1996).
- Fault Lines (New York: Feminist Press at the City University of New York, 1993; Penguin India, 1994). Publishers Weekly Best Books of 1993; new expanded edition 2003.
- Nampally Road (San Francisco: Mercury House, 1991); new edition with preface by Githa Hariharan (Hyderabad, Orient Blackswan, 2012).
- Women in Romanticism: Mary Wollstonecraft, Dorothy Wordsworth and Mary Shelley (London: Macmillan, 1989/Lanham. Md.: Barnes and Noble, 1989).
- House of a Thousand Doors (Washington DC: Three Continents Press, 1988).
- The Poetic Self: Towards a Phenomenology of Romanticism (New Delhi: Arnold-Heinemann, 1979; paperback 1983; Atlantic Highlands, N.J.: Humanities Press, 1981).
- Poems in The New Yorker, Harvard Review, Kenyon Review (2011, 2012)
- Shimla: A Poem Cycle (Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, 2012)
- Impossible Grace: Jerusalem Poems (Center for Jerusalem Studies, Al-Quds University, 2012)
- 'Remembering Ramu’ in Ramchandra Gandhi: The Man and his Philosophy ed. Raghurama Raju (Routledge, 2012)
- 'Poetics of Dislocation: Trauma, Language and Memory’ in The Splintered Glass: Facets of Trauma in the Postcolony and Beyond eds Dolores Herrera and Sonia Baelo-Allue (Rodopi, 2011)
- Birthplace with Buried Stones ( TriQuarterly Books/ Northwestern University Press)
- Indian Writers on Writing (editor) (Writers World Series, Trinity University Press)