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Siraj Ahmed


Siraj Ahmed

Carman Hall 398
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 B.A., University of Pennsylvania
A.M., Ph.D., Columbia University


Siraj Ahmed is Professor of English and a member of the Committee on Globalization and Social Change at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is the author of The Stillbirth of Capital: Enlightenment Writing and Colonial India (Stanford University Press, 2012) and The Archaeology of Babel: The Colonial Foundation of the Humanities (Stanford University Press, 2018), which received MLA’s Scaglione Prize for best book in comparative literature. His work has appeared in Critical Inquiry, Representations, MLQ, Cultural Critique, Nineteenth-Century Literature, The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, The Immanent Frame: Secularism, Religion, and the Public Sphere, South Asia, The Postcolonial Enlightenment (Oxford University Press, 2009) and A Companion to Literary Theory (Blackwell, 2018), among other publications. He has held multiple fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and others from the Mellon and the Whiting Foundations, the Huntington and the Clark Libraries, and the University of London Institutes of English and of Commonwealth Studies. He received his B.A. in English and Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. in English & Comparative Literature from Columbia University.