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Siraj Ahmed
Position: Professor of English; Director of Comparative Literature (Lehman College)
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center|Lehman College
Room Number: 4105
Office Hours: By appointment
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., Columbia University; B.A., University of Pennsylvania
Research Interests: Enlightenment; postcolonial studies; critical theory; comparative literature.
Specialization: Philosophy and Literature|Postcolonial, Transnational, and Global Literature and Theory|Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature
Archaeology of Babel: Comparative Literature, Critical Method, Colonial Law (Stanford University Press, 2017).
  • Winner of the Modern Language Association's Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literary Studies, 2017
The Stillbirth of Capital: Enlightenment Writing and Colonial India (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2012).
Selected Essays
‘Postcolonial Studies,’ Blackwell Companion to Literary Theory, ed. David Richter (Oxford: Blackwell, forthcoming).

‘Thinking at the Enlightenment’s Limit,’ Cultural Critique(forthcoming).

‘Dispossession and Civil Society: The Ambivalence of Enlightenment Political Philosophy’ in The Dispossessed Eighteenth Century, ed. Jordana Rosenberg and Chi-ming Yang (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014), a special issue of The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 55.2-3 (Summer/Fall 2014), 153-74.

‘Notes from Babel: Toward a Colonial History of Comparative Literature,’ Critical Inquiry 39.2 (Winter 2013), 296-326.

‘Orientalism and the Permanent Fix of War’ in The Postcolonial Enlightenment: Eighteenth-Century Colonialism and Postcolonial Theory, ed. Daniel Carey and Lynn Festa (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009; paper, 2013).

‘The Theater of the Civilized Self: Edmund Burke and the East India Trials,’ Representations 78 (Spring 2002), 28-55. Reprinted in Edmund Burke, ed. Iain Hampsher-Monk (Burlington: Ashgate, 2009), a volume in the International Library of Essays in the History of Social and Political Thought.