Tamara Bhalla is an associate professor of American Studies and affiliate faculty in the Asian Studies program. All areas of Professor Bhalla’s research cluster around the central question of how diasporic subjects use literature and practices of reading to mediate belonging and to “try on” different national and racial affiliations. Her research interests include Asian American literary and cultural studies, ethnic American reading communities, and literary reception contexts.
Prof. Bhalla teaches both introductory and upper-level core courses in the American Studies department on the topics of American identity formation, cultural controversy in contemporary ethnic American literature, Asian American literary and cultural studies, and post-1965 narratives of immigration to the United States. She received her PhD in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan.
- Reading Together, Reading Apart: Identity, Belonging, and South Asian American Community (University of Illinois Press, Asian American Experience Series, November 2016)
- “Being and Feeling’ Gogol: Gender, Authenticity, and the Possibilities of Literary Interpretation in Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake” MELUS, Spring 2012
- “The True Romance of W.E.B. Du Bois’s Dark Princess” Scholar & Feminist Online, forthcoming Fall 2017
- AMST 200: What is an American?
- AMST 365: Asian American Fictions
- AMST 375: Studies in Asian American Culture
- AMST 464: Immigration Nations: Examining Narratives of Immigration to the U.S.
- AMST 490: Senior Seminar