Swati Rana



Swati Rana is Associate Professor in the Department of English and affiliate faculty in the Department of Asian American Studies and the Comparative Literature Program. She specializes in Asian American literature, comparative race and ethnic studies, and transnational American studies. Her research focuses on the relationship between literary and social forms, exploring how ethnic literature represents the complexities of minority identity and how ethnic writers creatively negotiate and refigure pressing social questions. She teaches undergraduate courses on Asian American literature and culture, comparative ethnic literatures, the creative imagination of racial justice, creative writing, ethnic autobiography, the idea of America, and model minority myths. Her graduate courses examine new paradigms in Asian American and comparative ethnic literary studies as well as articulations of race and form within postcolonial and transnational frameworks. She is the author of Race Characters: Ethnic Literature and the Figure of the American Dream (UNC Press, 2020). Her literary criticism has appeared in American LiteratureAmerican Literary History, and the Journal of Asian American Studies. Her creative writing has appeared in diaCRITICSThe Paris ReviewGrantaCrazyhorseAsian American Literary ReviewWasafiriThe Dalhousie Review, and Berkeley Poetry Review, among other journals, and has been anthologized in Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry. Her research has received support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Hellman Fellows Fund, UC Santa Barbara’s Interdisciplinary Humanities Center (IHC), and UC Berkeley’s Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities.