Ranjana Khanna
  • Ranjana Khanna

  • Margaret Taylor Smith Director of Women's Studies and Professor, English, Literature and Women's Studies
  • Women's Studies Program
  • 210 East Duke Building
  • Campus Box 90760
  • Phone: (919) 668-2548
  • Fax: (919) 684-4871
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 2:15 - 3:45pm
  • Specialties

    • Critical Theory
    • Postcolonial Literature
    • Gender & Sexuality Studies
    • Modern to Contemporary
    • Novels
  • Research Description

    Ranjana Khanna is Margaret Taylor Smith Director of Women's Studies and Professor of English, Women's Studies, and the Literature Program at Duke University. She works on Anglo- and Francophone Postcolonial theory and literature, and Film, Psychoanalysis, and Feminist theory. She has published widely on transnational feminism, psychoanalysis, and postcolonial and feminist theory, literature, and film. She is the author of Dark Continents: Psychoanalysis and Colonialism (Duke University Press, 2003) and Algeria Cuts: Women and Representation 1830 to the present (Stanford University Press, 2008.) She has published in journals like Differences, Signs, Third Text, Diacritics, Screen, Art History, positions, SAQ, Feminist Theory, and Public Culture. Her current book manuscripts in progress are called: Asylum: The Concept and the Practice and Technologies of Unbelonging.
  • Areas of Interest

    Postcolonial Studies
    Feminist Theory
    Psychoanalysis
    Critical Theory
  • Education

      • Ph.D.,
      • University of York,
      • 1993
      • B.A. (honors),
      • University of York,
      • 1988
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • Radcliffe Institute Fellowship,
      • January, 2006-2007
      • Seminar participant,
      • New Beginnings,
      • March, 2002
      • Fellow,
      • Cornell Society of the Humanities,
      • March, 1998
      • Ford Foundation Fellow,
      • SIROW Summer Institute on Globalization and Women's Studies, University of Arizona,
      • March, 1997
      • Ford Foundation Fellow, Mentor,
      • SIROW Summer Institute on Globalization and Women's Studies, University of Arizona,
      • March, 1997
      • Faculty Fellow (declined),
      • University of Utah,
      • March, 1996
      • Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in the Humanities,
      • Susan B. Anthony Center for Women's Studies, University of Rochester,
      • March, 1993
      • Erasmus Exchange Scholar,
      • Universite de Paris VII, Sciences et documents des textes,
      • March, 1990
  • Selected Publications

      • 2007.
      • Algeria Cuts: Women and Representation, 1830 to the Present.
      • 2005.
      • Frames, Contexts, Community, Justice.
      • Diacritics
      • 33:
      • 11-41
      • .
      • R. Khanna.
      • 2004.
      • Signatures of the Impossible.
      • Duke Journal of Law and Gender Policy
      • .
      • 2003.
      • Latent Ghosts and the Manifesto.
      • Art History: Journal of the Association of Art Historians
      • 26:
      • 244-286
      • .
      • 2003.
      • Dark Continents: Psychoanalysis and Colonialism.
      • Duke University Press.
      • 2002.
      • Taking a Stand for Afghanistan.
      • Signs
      • 28:
      • 464-5
      • .
      • R. Khanna, Barbara Burton, Nouray Ibryamova, Dyan Ellen Mazurana, and S. Lily Mendoza.
      • 2002.
      • Cartographies of Scholarship: The Ends of Nation-States, International Studies, and the Cold War.
      • 21-45
      • .
      • 2001.
      • The Experience of Evidence: Language, Law and the Mockery of Justice.
      • .
      • 2001.
      • The Ambiguity of Ethics: Specters of Colonialism.
      • .
      • 1998.
      • From Third to Fourth Cinema.
      • Third Text
      • 13-32
      • .
      • 1998.
      • 'Araby' (Dubliners): Women's Time and the Time of the Nation.
      • Joyce, Feminism, Colonialism/Postcolonialism/European Joyce Studies
      • 81-101
      • .
      • 1997.
      • The Construction of the Dark Continent: Agency as Autobiography.
      • 103-20
      • .
      • R. Khanna and Karen Engle.
      • 1997.
      • Forgotten History: Myth, Empathy, and Assimilated Culture.
      • 67-80
      • .
      • 1995.
      • Feminism and Psychoanalysis: Repetition, Repression and the Unconscious.
      • 358-67
      • .
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  • Postdoctoral Students

    • Denise Comer
      • 2002 - 2004
  • PhD Students

    • Azeen Khan
    • Madhumita Lahiri
    • Shilyh Warren
    • Rachel Price
      • 2004 - present
      • Status: PostQual
    • Firat Oruc
      • 2004 - present
      • Status: PostPrelim
    • Rachel Price
      • 2004 - 2007
      • Status: PostPrelim
    • Betsy Hines
      • 2003 - present
      • Status: PostPrelim
    • Sarah L Lincoln
      • 2003 - present
      • Status: PostQual
    • Stacy B Lavin
      • 2003 - present
      • Status: PostQual
    • Jaya Kasibhatla
      • 2003 - present
      • Status: PostPrelim
    • Virginia Tuma
      • 2003 - present
      • Status: PostPrelim
    • Elizabeth Howie
      • 2002 - present
      • Status: PostPrelim
      • (UNC)
    • Simon Hay
      • 2002 - present
      • Status: PostPrelim
    • David Woodard
      • 2002 - present
      • Status: PostPrelim
    • Li li Hsieh
      • 2002 - present
      • Status: PostPrelim
  • Teaching

    • WOMENST 960S.01
      • INTERDISCIPLINRY DEBATES (TOP)
      • White 201
      • M 12:00 PM-02:30 PM
  • feminism