Rana, Swati

Assistant Professor


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.



South Hall 2706

Office Hours: 

Winter 2020 - Please email for appointment.



Mailing Address: 

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


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

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