University of Redlands

Priya Jha

Contact Information

Spring 2015 Office Hours
Tuesdays 2:30 - 3:30
Thursdays 10:00 - 11:00,
and by appointment
Hall of Letters 208

Mailing Address
1200 E. Colton Avenue
Redlands, CA 92373

(909) 748.8579

Associate Professor, English

My early experiences in the United States - as an immigrant, woman of color, and working-class - shaped the research I undertook in graduate school. My love for languages drew me to the field of Comparative Literature. While researching and writing about transnationalism in black cinema for my Master’s thesis, I got turned on to postcolonial cultural studies. Postcolonial studies gave me a framework to study historically the circulation of images and other types of representations of the non-western Other in Western cultural forms, particularly, literature and film. I was also impassioned by the responses of filmmakers, writers, and critics from the formerly colonized nation-states, and this led to my Ph.D. dissertation, the focus of which was gender, sexuality and nationalism in India, beginning with the early 20th century through the end of it.

My background has culminated into an analytic discussion of pop culture. Film shows a dramatization of history, a glimpse of fantasy – be it romantic, adventure, or political. I have published essays on representations of gender, sexualities, and Indian nationalism in Hindi cinema.  My work has been supported by the Faculty Research Grant at University of Redlands, The Fulbright Senior Research Award, the LENS grant at University of Redlands, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

To find out more about my professional life, you can go to either the
Research section of this site.