I hold a joint appointment as an Associate Professor with the Department of English and the Department of History at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and teach courses on the European Enlightenment, eighteenth-century British and French thought, and on the literature of empire and decolonization. I’ve published a book which reads the literature of the Enlightenment in relation to debates in postcolonial thought, Hating Empire Properly: The Two Indies and the Limits of Enlightenment Anticolonialism, Fordham University Press / Kindle version, 2013. Awarded the Harry Levin Prize for Best First Book by the American Comparative Literature Association in 2014 (Award Citation).
Other representative publications include an essay on Denis Diderot entitled “Doux commerce, douce colonisation” in The Anthropology of the Enlightenment (Stanford UP, 2007), and an article examining Edmund Burke’s writings on France in relation to his involvement in Indian affairs, “Jacobinism in India, Indianism in English Parliament” (Cultural Critique, Winter 2008).
For the 2014-2015 academic year, I’ll be in residence at the Rice University Humanities Research Center.
Contact: Sunil Agnani, University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of English (MC 162), 601 South Morgan Street, Room 2027, Chicago, IL 60607.