- Literary and Cultural Studies
Dr. Nihad M. Farooq is Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Duke University, a joint M.A. in English & American Literature and Women’s Studies from Brandeis University, and an A.B. in English from Dartmouth College. Farooq’s interdisciplinary research approach moves between literary studies, American and Atlantic Studies, critical race theory, and cultural studies of science and ethnography. Her first book, Undisciplined: Science, Ethnography, and Personhood in the Americas, 1830-1940 (New York University Press, 2016), investigates the transformative power of encounter between and among scientists and indigenous and diasporic populations in the Americas in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. A second book manuscript in progress, tentatively entitled Roots in the Air: Slavery and Social Networks in the Atlantic World, explores the role of networked resistance in the Black Atlantic in the long nineteenth century, and won early research support through the year-long William S. Vaughn Faculty Research Fellowship at the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities at Vanderbilt University.