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Najnin Islam

Assistant Professor

I am Assistant Professor in the English Department, where I teach classes on Global Anglophone, and Postcolonial Literatures. My research focuses on the movement of people, commodities, and ideologies between Asia, and the Americas in the nineteenth century. In particular I study the migration of indentured servants or coolies from India, and China to the British-Caribbean after the emancipation of slaves. I am excited to bring this research to students at Colorado College through classes on South Asian, and Caribbean literatures, and more broadly, on the connected histories of the Atlantic and Indian Ocean worlds.

I received my Ph.D. from the Department of English at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to that I received an M.Phil. from the Center for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta and my B.A. and M.A. degrees from Jadavpur University, India. My first book project based on my dissertation, “Re-casting the Coolie: Race, Caste and Narratives of Asian Indentureship”, investigates the production of the figure of the coolie through appositional readings of literary fiction and historical-archival materials on indentureship.


    Ph.D English, University of Pennsylvania, 2018.

    M.Phil. Social Sciences, Center for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, India, 2011.

    M.A. English, Jadavpur University, India, 2009.

    B.A. English, Jadavpur University, India, 2007.