Profile imageAssociate Professor

Tel: ext. 23666
Email: Rashmi dot Varma at warwick dot ac dot uk


Humanities Building, University Road

University of Warwick

Coventry CV4 7AL


I have a BA degree in English (Honours) from Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi, India and a Master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Delhi. After teaching briefly at Jesus and Mary College at the University of Delhi, I moved to the United States to work on my Ph.D. in English and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to Warwick, I was as an Assistant Professor of English and Cultural Studies at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

Research interests

My areas of research include: the postcolonial city, postcolonial Indian and African theory, literature and culture, feminism in a global context, representations of indigeneity in postcolonial India, and the theory of world literature.

In 2011-2012, I won a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship to complete work on my book entitled Modern Tribal: Representing Indigeneity in Postcolonial India.

I am a member of the editorial collective of the journal Feminist Dissent

Upcoming projects include:

Teaching and supervision

I teach courses on postcolonial literatures and theory, especially from Africa and South Asia, world literature, feminist literary theory and transnational feminism at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. My modules include:

I currently supervise the following doctoral students:

Recent publications

(please refer to the Publications page for a complete list)


Co-edited with Sharae Deckard, Marxism, Postcolonial Theory and the Future of Critique: Critical Engagements with Benita Parry (New York and London: Routledge, 2018)

Co-edited with Subir Sinha, Marxism and Postcolonial Theory: What is Left of the Debate? Special symposium of the journal Critical Sociology (2017)

The Postcolonial City and its Subject: London, Nairobi, Bombay (Routledge, 2014; paperback)

The Postcolonial City and its Subjects: London, Nairobi, Bombay (Routledge, 2011; hardback)

(Reviewed in: Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies Vol. 15, Issue 2, 2013; Modern Fiction Studies 59.1 Spring 2013; Postcolonial Studies vol. 16, no. 3, 331-335, 2013; Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies vol. 1, no. 2, 2013; Journal of Postcolonial Writing vol. 49, issue 2, 2013

Co-edited with Robyn Warhol, et. al. Women’s Worlds: the McGraw-Hill Anthology of Women’s Writing in English Across the Globe (2008)