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  • Rudrani Sarma
  • Doctoral Candidate
  • Instructor
  • At Rutgers Since: 2019
  • rudrani.sarma@rutgers.edu
  • Primary Areas of Specialization: African-American & Diaspora Literature, Asian-American Literature, Postcolonial Literature
  • Field of Interest: African-American & Diaspora, Asian-American, Caribbean, Critical Race Studies, Drama & Performance Studies, Early American, Global Anglophone, Nineteenth-Century American, Postcolonial
  • About:

    Rudrani Sarma is a doctoral candidate from Fort Collins, Colorado specializing in the field of long nineteenth century global Blackness studies. She is particularly interested in representations of race and racialized bodies in plays, slave narratives, scientific discourse, children's books, and other popular culture materials. 

  • Awards:

    Inaugural winner of the Cheryl A. Wall essay prize, 2021

  • Membership Affiliations:

    Modern Language Association, 2019
    The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, 2021

  • Other Dept University Postions:

    Committee on Bias Awareness and Prevention, 2020-2022 
    Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice, 2022-2023

  • Other Publications:

    Sarma, Rudrani. "Catching Tigers: White Childhood Nostalgia and Constructions of Blackness in Little Black Sambo." Children's Literature, vol. 50, 2022, p. 121-162. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/chl.2022.0009.

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  • Education: A.B. in English Literature, Bryn Mawr College, 2016; M.A. in English Literature, Rutgers University, 2022