Nikhita Obeegadoo, PhD

(She, Her, Hers)

Assistant Professor

Languages and World Literatures
Office: CCS 173

Research Summary

Oceanic and Archipelagic Studies; Indian Ocean and Caribbean Studies; Critical Race Studies Gender Studies; Contemporary literatures from the Global South, including Africa, South Asia and Latin America; Border Theory and Creolization; Theorising the relationship between History and Literature; Environmental Humanities; Medical Humanities. Research Languages:
French, Spanish, English, Hindi, Mauritian Creole.

Courses & Teaching

World Literatures, French


B.S., Computer Science, Stanford University.
B.A., Comparative Literature, Stanford University
Ph.D., Romance Languages & Literatures (French and Spanish), Harvard University

Selected Publications & Presentations

“An Archipelagic Node in Global Migration? The Stakes of Comparison and Irony in Nathacha Appanah’s Tropique de la violence.” Comparative Literature, vol. 74, no. 2, pp. 219–232, June 2022.

Selected Grants & Awards

UBC Okanagan-Vancouver Collaborative Research Mobility Award (2023) — with Drs. Alice Te Punga Somerville, Candace Galla and Desirée Valadares

Hampton Fund Research Grant (2022-2024)

Mellon ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2021-2022)

Harvard University Presidential Scholar Fellowship (2016-2022)

Courses and Teaching

WRLD 399K/IGS 543E: From Forests to Oceans: Ecological Explorations of the “Global South”

WRLD 399J: Mosquitos and Morphine: A Seminar in the Global Medical Humanities

FREN 419: Studies in Women’s Writing


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