Rana, Swati

Assistant Professor

Education: 

PhD, University of California, Berkeley
MA, University of California, Berkeley
BA, Dartmouth College

Swati Rana is Assistant Professor of English at UC Santa Barbara. She received a PhD in English and a MA with an emphasis in Creative Writing at UC Berkeley, and a BA in English at Dartmouth College. She specializes in twentieth-century American literature, comparative ethnic literature, and transnational American studies. Her research focuses on the relationship between literary and social forms, exploring how ethnic literature represents the complexities of minority identity and how ethnic writers creatively negotiate and refigure pressing social questions. She teaches undergraduate courses on diasporic literature, the idea of America, immigrant autobiography, model minority myths, and postracial discourse. Her graduate courses examine new paradigms in comparative ethnic literary studies as well as articulations of race and form within postcolonial and transnational frameworks. Her research has appeared in American Literary History and American Literature. She is currently working on a book project that presents a comparative study of problem characters in early twentieth-century U.S. ethnic literature. Her creative writing has appeared in Granta, Crazyhorse, The Asian American Literary Review, Wasafiri, The Dalhousie Review, Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry, Berkeley Poetry Review, and Salt. Her research has received support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Hellman Fellows Fund, and UC Santa Barbara’s Interdisciplinary Humanities Center (IHC), and she was a fellow at UC Berkeley’s Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities.

Contact

Office: 

South Hall 2706

Office Hours: 

Winter 2020 - Please email for appointment.

Email: 

srana@english.ucsb.edu

Mailing Address: 

Department of English
UC Santa Barbara
South Hall, Room 3431
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3170

Fields/Affiliations: 

American Cultures and Global Contexts
American Literature
Creative Writing
Cultural Studies
American Race and Ethnic Studies

Recent Courses Taught

Quarter Course Title
Spring 2020 ENGL 50 Introduction to U.S. Minority Literature
Spring 2020 ENGL 197 Model Minorities: Controversies in Ethnic Literature
Spring 2020 ENGL 50S Seminar US Minority Literature
Winter 2020 ENGL 235 Race and the New Formalism
Spring 2018 ENGL 134IA Twentieth-Century Immigrant Autobiography
Winter 2017 ENGL 50 Intro to U.S. Minority Literature
Winter 2017 ENGL 236 Race and the New Formalism
Winter 2017 ENGL 50S Seminar on Intro to U.S. Minority Literature
Spring 2016 ENGL 50 Introduction to US Minority Literature
Spring 2016 ENGL 197 Upper-Division Seminar: Model Minorities - Controversies in Ethnic Literature
Spring 2016 ENGL 50S Seminar on Intro to US Minority Literature
Spring 2015 ENGL 197 Upper-Division Seminar: Model Minorities – Controversies in Ethnic Literature
Spring 2015 ENGL 134IA Studies in Literature of Cultural and Ethnic Communities in the United States: Twentieth-Century Immigrant Autobiography
Winter 2014 ENGL 122RE Cultural Representations: Reading the "End" of Race (25 Student Seminar)
Winter 2014 ENGL 235 Studies in American Literature: Post-Resistance Paradigms
Fall 2013 ENGL 50 Introduction to U.S. Minority Literature
Fall 2013 ENGL 197 Upper-division Seminar: Model Minorities - Controversies in Ethnic Literature
Spring 2013 ENGL 134IA Studies in the Literature of Cultural and Ethnic Communities in the United States : Twentieth-Century Immigrant Autobiography
Spring 2013 ENGL 235 Studies in American Literature : Problem Characters
Winter 2013 ENGL 122RE Cultural Representations : Reading the End of Race