Executive Committee

EXECUTIVE BOARD 2022-2024
President
Dr. Cynthia Leenerts, Associate Professor of English at East Stroudsburg University, teaches British, postcolonial, and world literatures.  She co-edited (with Lopa Basu) Passage to Manhattan: Critical Essays on Meena Alexander and (with George Bozzini) Literature Without Borders: International Literature in English for Student Writers. She is currently researching Tagore’s travel writings and other intersections of Indian and Chinese literatures.

Vice President
Dr. Sukanya Gupta is Associate Professor of English and the Director of Global Studies at University of Southern Indiana. Her research and teaching interests include Post-Colonial Studies, South Asian Diaspora Studies, Bollywood, and World Literature. She has published articles in anthologies like Negotiating: Gender and Sexual Identity in Contemporary Turkey and in journals such as South Asian Popular Culture, South Asian Diaspora, South Asian Review, and Diaspora Studies.

Secretary
Dr. Meghan Gorman-DaRif
is an Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at San José State University. Her research considers historical revolutionary violence in contemporary Anglophone fiction, focusing on the Naxalite Movement in India and the Mau Mau Uprising in Kenya.  She has published in the South Asian Reviewon the contemporary Naxal novel and in Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studieson the Mau Mau Uprising in the context of Kenya’s 2007 post-election violence.

Treasurer
Dr. Moumin Quazi is Professor of English at Tarleton State University. In addition to being a longtime member of SALA, he has edited CCTE Studies for 10 years; he also edits the book series, “South Asian Art, Literature, and Culture Studies” (Peter Lang Publishing); and, Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas.

Editor, South Asian Review
Dr. Nalini Iyer is Professor of English at Seattle University. She is co-editor (with Bonnie Zare) of Other Tongues: Rethinking the Language Debates in India and co-author (with Amy Bhatt) of Roots and Reflections: South Asians in the Pacific Northwest. She has published articles on Bharati Mukherjee, Lalitambika Antherjanam, and M.G. Vassanji, among others.

Editor, Salaam
Dr. Meghan Gorman-DaRif is an Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at San José State University. Her research considers historical revolutionary violence in contemporary Anglophone fiction, focusing on the Naxalite Movement in India and the Mau Mau Uprising in Kenya.  She has published in the South Asian Review on the contemporary Naxal novel and in Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studieson the Mau Mau Uprising in the context of Kenya’s 2007 post-election violence.

Web Manager, southasianliteraryassociation.org
Dr. Aniruddha Mukhopadhyay is Associate Professor of English and Graduate Coordinator of the MA in Cultural Studies program at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. His research interests include postcolonial literatures, subaltern studies, diaspora theory, globalization theory, film studies, and animal rights/representations. He has been published in South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies and the Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS
2022-2024
Dr. Priya Jha

Dr. Fawzia Afzal-Khan is Professor of English and University Distinguished Scholar at Montclair State University. She has published several books of scholarly criticism, including A Critical Stage: The Role of Secular Alternative Theatre in Pakistan (Seagull Press, 2005) and Siren Song: Understanding Pakistan Through its Women Singers (OUP 2020). Her memoir Lahore with Love: Growing Up with Girlfriends Pakistani Style was published by Syracuse University Press in 2010.

2023-2025

Dr. Nidhi Shrivastava completed her PhD in the department of English and Writing Studies at the University of Western Ontario (now Western University) in London, Ontario, Canada and works as Lecturer in the Department of Languages and Literature at Sacred Heart University.  Her research focuses on the #MeToo movement, Hindi film cinema, censorship, the figure of the abducted and raped women, Indian rape culture, and the 1947 Partition.

Dr. Ayesha Irfan is Associate Professor in the Department of English, Dyal Singh College, University of Delhi. Her specialization is in the field of African American Literature with a PhD on the works of the Black American writer Toni Morrison from Jamia Millia Islamia. Her thesis is titled “Quest for Black Identity and Self-Definition in the Novels of Toni Morrison. Ayesha is also a translator and translates from Urdu and Hindi.

Zachary Bordas is a Ph.D. candidate of English at LSU. He received his M.A. from The University of Georgia. He has published in South Asian Review (2021), Postcolonial Interventions (2019), and Journal of Contemporary Poetics (2017). He serves as Interview Editor for SALA’s newsletter, Salaam. He was awarded the SALA graduate student paper prize in 2022, and he received a “Friends of Princeton” library grant for the summer of 2023.

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS
Past President 
John HawleyDr. John C. Hawley is Professor of English at Santa Clara University.  Past president of the US chapter of the Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies, former chair of his department, and former member of three executive committees of the Modern Language Association, he has edited 16 books and published many articles on postcolonial topics.  He is a recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation study grant at their Bellagio Center, and of five NEH summer stipends.

Associate Editors, South Asian Review
John HawleyDr. John C. Hawley is Professor of English at Santa Clara University.  Past president of the US chapter of the Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies, former chair of his department, and former member of three executive committees of the Modern Language Association, he has edited 16 books and published many articles on postcolonial topics.  He is a recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation study grant at their Bellagio Center, and of five NEH summer stipends.

Dr. Maryse Jayasuriya is Professor of English and Associate Dean of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at El Paso. She is the author of Terror and Reconciliation: Sri Lankan Anglophone Literature, 1983-2009 (Lexington, 2012) and the editor of The Immigrant Experience: Critical Insights (Salem Press, 2018) and has also guest-edited a Special Issue of South Asian Review (33.3) on Sri Lankan Anglophone Literature.

Dr. Pallavi Rastogi is an associate professor of English at Louisiana State University. She has published widely on South Asian and South African literature, including a book, Afrindian Fictions: Diaspora, Race and National Desire in South Africa and an edited anthology, Before Windrush: Recovering an Asian and Black Heritage Within Britain. She is currently completing a book on postcolonial disaster.

Robin FieldDr. Robin E. Field is Professor of English at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. She is co-editor of Transforming Diaspora: Communities beyond National Boundaries (2011) and has published articles on Jhumpa Lahiri, Ayad Akhtar, Sandra Cisneros, and Alice Walker and author interviews with Bharati Mukherjee, Chitra Divakaruni, and Diana Abu-Jaber.