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Pranav Jani is scholar, writer, organizer and social justice activist in Columbus, Ohio.  He is Associate Professor of English at The Ohio State University, specializing in Postcolonial Studies and US Ethnic Studies.

Pranav’s first book, Decentering Rushdie: Cosmopolitanism and the Indian English Novel in English (2010), discusses the relationship between history and literature in post-independence India, and changes in the idea of cosmopolitanism or global citizenship among English-language writers.  His current research project, on the 1857 Revolt and the legacy of anticolonial struggle in colonized South Asia , looks at changing narratives of the uprising in the Indian imagination over the course of more than 150 years.

Other articles, book chapters, and reviews on literature, theory, media, and politics have appeared in various anthologies, journals, and websites, including: Callaloo, Globalizing Dissent: Essays on Arundhati RoyHistorical Materialism, International Socialist Review, Journal of Asian Studies, Marxism, Modernity, and Postcolonial StudiesSALAAM newsletter, SAMAR: South Asian Magazine for Action and ReflectionSocialist Worker, and Tracing the New Indian Diaspora.

Pranav is advisor for many student organizations at Ohio State, and active in movements and struggles on campus and in the city.