Associate Professor of English
Office: Herring Hall 319
Betty Joseph received her Ph.D. in English from University of Minnesota, and Masters degrees from Syracuse University and University of Bombay. She specializes in eighteenth-century British literature and in postcolonial literature and theory. She is the author of Reading the East India Company, 1720-1840: Colonial Currencies of Gender (University of Chicago Press, 2004; republished in Asia by Orient Longman, 2006)-a book that discusses the role of archives and archiving in British colonialism and ways in which these archives can be read for the presence of women in that history. She has published widely on literature’s relationship to colonialism, post-colonialism, nationalism, and globalization. Her recent areas of research include contemporary globalization and neoliberalism, and Enlightenment natural histories, political philosophy and travel narratives. Her essays have appeared in Cultural Critique, Genders, Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, Eighteenth-Century Life and other venues. Her current book manuscripts in progress are called Fiction without Borders: Rethinking Literary Globalisms and Linguistics Turns of the Enlightenment.
1996 Ph.D. in English, University of Minnesota
1989 M.A. in English, Syracuse University
1987 M.A. in English, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
1985 B.A. in English, Economics Minor, Sophia College, University of Bombay