Cogut Institute for the Humanities

Leela Gandhi

John Hawkes Professor of Humanities and English, Shauna M. Stark '76 P'10 Director of the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women
Pembroke Hall 110
At the Cogut Institute Humanities Initiative Scholar; Director, Humanities in the World


Leela Gandhi is the John Hawkes Professor of Humanities and English. She has taught at the University of Chicago, La Trobe University, and Delhi University, and held visiting professorships in Australia, Denmark, India, Italy and Iran. She received her DPhil and MPhil from the University of Oxford and her BA from Delhi University. Gandhi's publications include Postcolonial Theory: A Critical Introduction (Columbia University Press, 1998), Measures of Home: Selected Poems (Orient Blackswan, 2000), England Through Colonial Eyes (ed. with Ann Black and Sue Thomas, Palgrave Macmillan, 2001), Affective Communities: Anticolonial Thought, Fin-de-Siècle Radicalism, and the Politics of Friendship (Duke University Press, 2006), and The Common Cause: Postcolonial Ethics and the Practice of Democracy (The University of Chicago Press, 2014). Gandhi is founding co-editor of Postcolonial Studies and board member of Postcolonial Text. She is a Senior Fellow in the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University. At the Cogut Institute, she leads the Humanities in the World initiative.

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