Leela Gandhi joined the Brown faculty in 2014 as the John Hawkes Professor of Humanities and English. Gandhi is a literary and cultural theorist whose research and teaching focus on transnational literatures, postcolonial theory and ethics, and the intellectual history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
She received her B.A. from the University of Delhi, her M.Phil. and D.Phil. from Oxford University, and before coming to Brown she taught at the University of Chicago, Delhi University, and La Trobe University. Gandhi is a founding co-editor of the journal Postcolonial Studies and editorial board member of Postcolonial Text. She is a Senior Fellow of the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University.
|Gandhi, Leela. "Utonal Life." NYU Press, 2018.|
|Leela Gandhi Bhrigupati Singh. "Botched Enlightenment." 2015.|
Gandhi, Leela, Nelson, Deborah.
Around 1948: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Global Transformation. University of Chicago Press, 2014.
|Gandhi, Leela, Nelson, Deborah L. "Editors’ Introduction." Critical Inquiry, vol. 40, no. 4, 2014, pp. 285-297.|
|The Common Cause: Postcolonial Ethics and the Practice of Democracy, 1900-1955. University of Chicago Press, 2014.|
|Gandhi, Leela. "Friendship and Postmodern Utopianism." CSR, vol. 9, no. 1, 2013, pp. 12.|
|Gandhi, L. "Mission Statement Responses." Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, vol. 33, no. 2, 2013, pp. 155-156.|
|"The Pauper’s Gift: Postcolonial Studies and the New Democratic Dispensation." Public Culture, vol. 21, no. 1, 2011.|
|Gandhi, L. "The Pauper's Gift: Postcolonial Theory and the New Democratic Dispensation." Public Culture, vol. 23, no. 1, 2011, pp. 27-38.|
|Leela Gandhi, None. "After Virtue: Notes on Early-Twentieth-Century Socialist Antimaterialism." ELH, vol. 77, no. 2, 2010, pp. 413-446.|
|Gandhi, Leela. "Global Perspectives on Modernity and Modernism: Some Notes on Twentieth-Century Transnational Anticolonial Metaphysics." Kritika Kultura, vol. 0, no. 13, 2009.|
|"The Spirit of Nonviolence: A Transnational Genealogy for Ahimsa." Interventions, vol. 10, no. 2, 2008.|
|Gandhi, Leela. "SPIRITS OF NON-VIOLENCE." Interventions, vol. 10, no. 2, 2008, pp. 158-172.|
|Gandhi, Leela. "Postcolonial theory and the crisis of European man." Postcolonial Studies, vol. 10, no. 1, 2007, pp. 93-110.|
|Affective Communities: Anticolonial Thought and the Politics of Friendship. Duke University Press, 2006.|
|England in Twentieth Century Fiction: Through Colonial Eyes, co-authored with Ann Blake and Sue Thomas. Macmillan, 2001.|
Measures of Home: Poems. Ravi Dayal, 2000.
|Postcolonial Theory: A Critical Introduction. Columbia University Press, 1998.|
|"Concerning Violence: The Circulations and Limits of Gandhian Ahimsa." Cultural Critique, vol. 35, 1997.|
Leela Gandhi’s scholarly work is driven by an impulse toward disciplinary intersection and an interest in the overlapping and intertwining legacies borne of colonial encounters, especially transnational traditions of anti-imperial ethics. Her first book Postcolonial Theory (1998) maps shifts in critical theory and philosophy produced by the encounter between the west and non-west. In Affective Communities (2006), she examines the role of friendship between western and non-western dissidents in the formation of anticolonial politics. Her recently published The Common Cause: Postcolonial Ethics and the Practice of Democracy, 1900-1955 (2014) is about the concept of moral imperfection that lies behind many global and countercultural traditions of democracy. She is currently working on the notion of ‘likeness’ as a lost conceit in ethical thought.
Senior Fellow, School of Criticism and Theory, Cornell University
Sawyer-Mellon Grant (with three others) for yearlong seminar ‘Around 1948’, at the University of Chicago
Sawyer-Mellon Fellow, Centre for Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of Chicago
Fellow, Franke Institute for the Humanities
Fellow, Committee on the Chicago Centre for Contemporary Theory, University of Chicago
Australian Research Council Grant
Sir Louis Stewart Bequest Grant, Balliol College
Charles Wallace India Trust Grant
Inlaks Foundation Scholarship for postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford
Modern Language Association
School of Criticism and Theory
Adishakti Laboratory for Performing Arts
|COLT 2821N - Around 1948: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Global Transformation|
|ENGL 2761O - Postcolonial Theory|
|ENGL 2900X - Postcolonial Theory|
|ENGL 2901F - Around 1948: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Global Transformations|
|GNSS 2010K - Pembroke Research Seminar in Feminist Theory: The Cultures of Pacifism|
|GNSS 2020K - Pembroke Research Seminar in Feminist Theory: The Cultures of Pacifism|
|HMAN 2401B - Thinking Breath: An Inquiry Across Philosophy, Literature, and Performance|