I began my career as Lecturer in English in the Department of English, Bangalore University in 1994. Joined CIEFL as Lecturer in English in 1997.
Active in the student movement and anti-caste movements in the 1990s, I decided to combine my academic and activist concerns in my teaching and research. I developed a series of courses under the rubric ‘Dalit studies’ as part of M.A (LCS) and contributed through my research to the new field of Dalit studies. I co-edited two dossiers of South Indian Dalit No Alphabet in Sight (2011) and Steel Nibs Are Sprouting (2013). I am also co-editor (with Gopal Guru, Devesh Kapur and Ramnarayan Rawat) of a new volume The Dalit Studies: New Perspectives on South Asian History and Society (forthcoming from Duke University Press, USA).
I was a Visiting South Asian Research Fellow in 2011 (Contemporary South Asian Studies Programme, Oxford University, UK) and also Summer 2010 Visiting Scholar at the Center for Advanced Study of India (University of Pennsylvania, USA).
Currently working on a book project “Literature, Modernity and the Lens of Caste: Dalit Literature, 1970-2010”
• Associate Professor, Department of Cultural Studies, The EFL University, Hyderabad, June 2005 to the present.
• Lecturer, Department of English, The EFL University, Hyderabad, June 1997- May 2005.
• Lecturer, Department of English, Bangalore University, Bangalore, September 1994 to June 1997.
• Dalit Literature, Literary history, Indian literatures, and Cultural Studies
• ICWT at UCLA, Irvine. Research Project on ‘Contemporary Dalit Writings from South India (2007-2011)’ (In collaboration with Prof. Susie Tharu)
• Dalit Reconfiguration of Caste: Representation, Identity and Politics" in peer reviewed international journal Critical Quarterly, Vol.56, No.3, October 2014: 46-61.
• “Colonial Modernity, Indian Literary History, and Modern Dalit Literatures” in Alladi Uma, K. Suneetha Rani and D. Murali Manohar (eds). English in the Dalit Context, Hyderabad; Orient BlackSwan, 2014.
• “Dalit Writing: An Introduction” (co-authored with Susie Tharu) in Littcrit: An Indian Response to Literature, Vol.39, June 2013: pp 75-85.
• “Dalita Atmagowravanni Yettipattina Udyamam” ( A Telugu article on Dalit Movement in Andhra Pradesh) in Veekshanam, January 2013.
• “Class, Caste and the Category of Telugu Dalit literature” in Bill Ashcroft, Ranjini Mendis, Arun Mukherjee, and Julie McGonega (eds). Literature for Our Times: Postcolonial Studies in the Twenty-First Century, Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2012.
Awards and Memberships
• UGC Research Award 2014-16
• Advisory Board Member: AHRC, UK funded international Network on “Writing, Analysing, Translating Dalit Literatures, 2014-16”
• Member: Indian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies(IACLALS)
Conferences, seminars, lectures, invited talks
• “Dalit Autobiography and the Politics of Representation,” paper presented in the three day national symposium (November 1-3, 2014) on “Dhvani: Conversations and Performances on Women, Writing & Freedom” held at Manipal Centre for Philosophy & Humanities, Manipal.
• Key note paper “The Revolutionary Function of Dalit Writing: Some Contemporary Approaches” presented in the International Conference on the theme “Contemporary Approaches to the Analysis of Dalit Literature,” held at Nottingham Trent University, UK on 23-24 June 2014.
• Participated as a panelist in the one-day international symposium “Mediating Marginalities: Global Perspectives on Race, Caste and Gender,” organized in conjunction with the annual conference of the International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) held in Hyderabad, India on July 17, 2014.
• Participated as a panelist in the international Symposium on “Dalit Literature” hosted by the Centre for New Writing at the University of Leicester, Leicester ,UK in partnership with the Centre for Postcolonial Studies at Nottingham Trent University and EMMA, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, France on 25 June 2014.
Active in Telugu public sphere through critical intervention in public discussions.