Bishnupriya Ghosh

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Global Media (Literatures, Cinemas, Popular Culture); Postcolonial Theory; Epidemic Media and South Asia Studies

Faculty in English Department


  • ?Ph.D. and M.A., Northwestern University
  • B.A., Wellesley College
  • B.A., Presidency College


With a doctorate from Northwestern University, Bishnupriya Ghosh is Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she teaches postcolonial theory and global media studies. Much of her scholarly work interrogates the relations between the global and the postcolonial; area studies and transnational cultural studies; popular, mass, and elite cultures. While publishing essays on literary, cinematic, and visual culture in several collections and journals such as boundary 2, Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Public Culture and Screen, in her first two books, Ghosh focused on contemporary elite and popular cultures of globalization. When Borne Across: Literary Cosmopolitics in the Contemporary Indian Novel (Rutgers UP, 2004) addressed the dialectical relations between emerging global markets and literatures reflexively marked as “postcolonial,” and Global Icons: Apertures to the Popular (Duke UP, 2011) turned to visual popular culture as it constitutes the global. Research is underway for a third monograph, The Unhomely Sense: Spectral Cinemas of Globalization that tracks the relations between globalization and cinematic/post-cinematic images.


In the last three years, Ghosh has turned to risk and globalization—or, rather, how the risk media globalize technoscientific rationality. The shift began in 2008-9 with the research collaboration, “Speculative Globalities” that met at the UCHRI (The University of California Humanities Research Institute). For her part in these collaborations, Ghosh interrogates pandemic media across localized contexts, since risk instruments, programs, and institutions are increasingly modular and scalable to global outcomes. Asking how cultural theory at present can respond to highly scienticized forms of risk that are foundational to a managerial globalization, Ghosh returns to the rich archives of “symbiotic living” of high crisis” contexts surfacing at different historical conjunctures the United States, South Africa, and India. The result is a comparative study of pandemic media on the virus, titled The Virus Touch: Living with Epidemics, undertaken on her residency at Cornell University’s Society for the Humanities.


Click here to see Dr. Bishnupriya Ghosh's list of publications. 


ENGL 591: Doctoral Colloquium
ENGL 151SR: Studies in British Writers: Salman Rushdie
ENGL 165RS: Topics in Literature: The Risk Society**

**Elective course for IEES