Faculty: Avishek Ganguly


Avishek Ganguly is on leave for the winter and spring semesters, 2014.

Avishek Ganguly is Assistant Professor in the Department of Literary Arts and Studies at Rhode Island School of Design. He received his MA, M.Phil and Ph.D in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. He also has a BA (Honors) in English from Presidency College, Calcutta and a MA in English from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Academic Research/Areas of Interest

Avishek Ganguly's research and teaching interests are focused on the various intersections between contemporary drama, literature, and performance and questions of translation and multilingualism, the formation of collectivities, and everyday life and urban space. He is also interested in South Asian cultural studies (including popular cinema and music) in a comparative framework with other colonial/postcolonial regions. A recent publication, "Politics and Periodicals in 1960s India" (2012) examines the growth of influential English language periodicals in the context of radical politics of the nineteen sixties. Works in progress include: a book based on his dissertation that looks at how multilingualism and translation gets figured across a range of contemporary dramatic and performance texts; an invited article for an upcoming special issue of American Book Review on "Multilingualism and Literature;" and, a book chapter exploring the role of secular imagination in the Nigerian playwright Wole Soyinka's early work for an edited volume Rethinking the Secular: Performance, Religion and the Public Sphere (forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan).

Avishek Ganguly

Avishek Ganguly

Assistant Professor

  • BA, Calcutta University
  • MA, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • PHD, Columbia University


  • LAS-E101
  • LAS-E761
English Foreground Image 2
Readings and performances often take place in the Fleet Library at RISD, which offers a seating platform for audiences
that doubles as a staircase to the next level.