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Ranjana Khanna

Professor of English
Duke Box 90015, Durham, NC 27708
304GH Allen Bldg, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708


Ranjana Khanna is Professor of English, Women's Studies, and the Literature Program at Duke University. She works on Anglo- and Francophone Postcolonial theory and literature, and Film, Psychoanalysis, and Feminist theory. She has published widely on transnational feminism, psychoanalysis, and postcolonial and feminist theory, literature, and film. She is the author of Dark Continents: Psychoanalysis and Colonialism (Duke University Press, 2003) and Algeria Cuts: Women and Representation 1830 to the present (Stanford University Press, 2008.) She has published in journals like Differences, Signs, Third Text, Diacritics, Screen, Art History, positions, SAQ, Feminist Theory, and Public Culture. Her current book manuscripts in progress are called: Asylum: The Concept and the Practice and Technologies of Unbelonging.

Office Hours

Fall 2022 Semester:

T 9:00-10:00 am (304GH Allen)

Th 9:00-10:00 am B193 Smith Warehouse Bay 4/5

By appointment over zoom; contact Avery Rhoades for an appointment:

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor of English · 2008 - Present English, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Director of the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute · 2018 - Present John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, University Institutes and Centers
Professor of Literature · 2008 - Present Literature, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Professor of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies · 2023 - Present Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Education, Training & Certifications

University of York (United Kingdom) · 1993 Ph.D.
University of York (United Kingdom) · 1988 B.A.