Srinivas is a Professor of English and Dean of the Humanities at Duke University. He has also served as President of the CHCI (Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes).
Srinivas Aravamudan gained his PhD at Cornell University and has taught at the University of Utah, and at the University of Washington. He joined the Duke English Department in the Fall of 2000. He specializes in eighteenth century British and French literature and in postcolonial literature and theory. He is the author of essays in Diacritics, ELH, Social Text, Novel, Eighteenth-Century Studies, Anthropological Forum, South Atlantic Quarterly and other venues. His study, Tropicopolitans: Colonialism and Agency, 1688-1804 (1999, Duke University Press) won the outstanding first book prize of the Modern Language Association in 2000. He has also edited Slavery, Abolition and Emancipation: Writings of the British Romantic Period: Volume VI Fiction (1999, Pickering and Chatto). His book, Guru English: South Asian Religion in A Cosmopolitan Language was published by Princeton University Press in January 2006, and republished by Penguin India in 2007. A new book-length study, on the eighteenth-century French and British oriental tale, Enlightenment Orientalism: Resisting the Rise of the Novel, has just been published by the University of Chicago Press (2012); another on sovereignty and anachronism is forthcoming. His edition of William Earle's antislavery romance, entitled Obi: or, The History of Three-Fingered Jack appeared in 2005 with Broadview Press.
His specialties include: British Literature, Eighteenth Century Literature, Postcolonial Literature, Critical Theory, Modern to Contemporary, and Novels
His research summary includes: British Literature; Critical Theory; Postcolonial Literature