Reshmi J. Hebbar came to Oglethorpe University after teaching at several colleges across Atlanta, including Spelman, Agnes Scott, and Georgia Tech. Her courses focus on multiethnic, postcolonial, and world literatures, and she explores topics related to cultural identity and cultural studies in classes like “The Lady Rebel: Transnationalism & Women’s Literature,” “Television & Reading: Critical Literacy & American Narratives,” and “The Master’s House: Postcolonialism & Writing Back.” Multimedia presentations, proposals for socially-conscious businesses, Atlanta immigrant oral histories and podcasts, and pitches for new television shows are just some of the types of tasks students complete in her courses. Other teaching and research areas include African American literature and enslavement narratives, nineteenth-century British women novelists, media studies, and multicultural coming of age narratives. Her recent work has focused on intersections of gender, race, and class in transnational narratives of labor and critiques of the American Dream. She earned a PhD in English from Emory University in 2002, and her dissertation on multicultural women’s fiction was published as a book (Modeling Minority Women: African & Asian American Fiction) through Routledge Press in 2005 and later reprinted in paperback in 2010. In 2015, she was selected as one of NerdWallet’s “40 Under 40 Professors Who Inspire.”
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