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Reshmi J. Hebbar is a writer and an Associate Professor of English who 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 “Literary Tribalism,” which was featured on Georgia Public Radio’s “On Second Thought” in 2018. 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, media studies, and multicultural coming of age narratives. 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.” After creating a collaborative, campus-wide podcast on fictional stories about South Asians in Atlanta, she began publishing fiction in online and print literary journals. In 2020, one of her stories was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.