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Kavita Daiya Faculty Member


DUE TO FORMATTING ISSUES IN LYTERATI, I ALSO ATTACH THIS SUMMARY AS A .PDF DOCUMENT. This year was extremely productive for me. In addition to serving as Director of the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program from April -July 10, 2021, I successfully accomplished the following in terms of the three areas listed above. RESEARCH & PUBLICATION: I published two invited and peer-reviewed essays in edited volumes from Cambridge University Press: the first one was “Intimacy, Imperialism, and America: Revisiting Post-47 Postcolonial and Asian American Writing,” in "Asian American Literature in Transition: 1956-1996," eds. Asha Nadkarni and Cathy J. Schlund-Vials. Cambridge UP, 2021. 326-344. The second essay: “The 1947 Partition, War, and Internment: Hidden Histories of Migration and Displacement in Transnational Asia” in "Volume II: Asian American Literature in Transition (1930-1965)," eds. Victor Bascara and Josephine Park. Cambridge UP, 2021. 87-107. I also published an invited peer-reviewed essay “Reframing Partition: Gender, Migration, and Storytelling in Conflict Zones,” in the "MLA Guide to Teaching South Asian Women's Writing," eds. Deepika Bahri and Filippo Menozzi, MLA, 2021. 41-51. Through AY 2021-2022, I conducted initial research and started developing my third book manuscript “Race, Gender, and the Politics of Freedom in South Asian America, 1940-present.” In terms of research presentations and service to the profession, I was also the seminar organizer of a 3-day seminar for the American Comparative Literature Association: “Migration, Biopolitics, and the State in Contemporary Literature and Media,” April 9-11, 2021. I organized and conducted this seminar, gathering 12 participants across ranks, fields, and institutions, to create a new conversation on contemporary representations of statelessness, race, and gender across literature, film, and media. My research presentations also included an invited lecture, as well at talks at the annual convention of several organizations, as a panelist and a roundtable member, for a total of five presentations at the following: the American Studies Association Annual Conference and the Association for Asian American Studies Annual Meeting, among others. Of these, I took the lead and was a panel organizer and presenter, “Depicting Displacement,” on a panel titled “Transnational Feminisms and Ecologies of Crisis,” at the National Women's Studies Association Annual Conference, 2021. These publications and presentations advanced GW’s reputation as a hub for intersectional and interdisciplinary research toward inclusive excellence. My work in progress includes my two monographs, and two forthcoming peer-reviewed articles which I have co-authored with two PhD students Turni Chakrabarti and Sukshma Vedere, and GW alum Sreyoshi Sarkar (Assistant Professor, Ball State University). PEDAGOGY Among my pedagogical contributions through 2021 are: a) my semester-long work on developing the micro-minor in "Immigration and Migration" Studies in dialogue with 7 other faculty colleagues across CCAS and the Undergraduate Studies committee; b) my Spring semester-long work on online course re-development for my summer course ENG 2710W/WGSS 2710 “Travel and Cross-Cultural Encounters in Global Literature and Film” with the Online Redevelopment Team; b) my NEW Fall 2021 graduate seminar “Ten Great Books to Read Before You Graduate: The World After Empire;” and c) my research supervision for six undergraduate and graduate student researchers through Spring and Fall 2021. Together, because this teaching and research supervision focused largely on writers, artists, and scholars who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color in the United States as well as internationally, this teaching contributes to deepening inclusive excellence at GW. My new cross-listed graduate seminar (ENGL/WGSS) examines contemporary memoirs, fiction, graphic narrative, and theoretical works by minority writers about rights, citizenship, and social justice struggles in an international context. To enhance student learning in Fall 2021, I collaborated with my colleague Patty Chu to co-organize and co-moderate a forum for our students entitled: Race, Rights, and Immigration in Ethnic American Comics. We hosted three graphic artists whose two path-breaking graphic narratives on ethnic American experiences from WWII to the present we taught: Malaka Gharib, author of “ I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir” and Frank Abe and Tamiko Nimura, authors of “WE HEREBY REFUSE: Japanese American Resistance to Wartime Incarceration” Frank Abe and Tamiko Nimura discussed stories of Japanese Americans who challenged their incarcerations during WWII. NPR editor Malaka Gharib discussed her memoir about being a Filipino-Egyptian American in contemporary America. INDEPENDENT THESIS AND HONORS RESEARCH: I also served as a research supervisor for HONR 2185 for Ragini Sharma on “South Asian American Women’s Writing: Gender, Politics, and a new History of Transnational Activism,” (Spring 2021). I directed an English Honors thesis Ashley Yan on “Representing Chinatown in US Cinema” (Spr 2021). I directed an Honors Program thesis by Isabella Sorial on the participation of women in US electoral politics" “Barriers for Women in Politics in the United States” (Fall 2021). I served on four dissertation committees as director, co-director, or first reader for Farisa Khalid (graduated May 2021), Sukshma Vedere, Raad Al-Shammari, and Turni Chakrabarti. In addition, through Spring 2021, I served as primary advisor for several MA students on the liberal arts track in the WGSS program. SERVICE My most substantial service through 2021 has encompassed my directorship of the WGSS Program through July 10, 2021, which involved graduate recruitment, multiple symposia, an alumni speaker series panel, graduation and awards celebrations, curricular innovation through the creation of a Capstone Symposium, and advising of the MA students on the Liberal Arts Track. Please see my administrative report attached for details. Simultaneously, my service has been devoted to the creation (in Spring 2021) and directing (since August 2021) of the new microminor in Immigration and Migration Studies in response to Dean Wahlbeck’s vision. By collaborating with colleagues across CCAS, we have created a micro-minor that centers DEIJ in its conceptualization of the interdisciplinary study of immigration. Launched in Fall 2021, it currently has 9 students registered. In addition, I have served as an active member of multiple interdisciplinary committees that support processes of faculty promotion and tenure processes in the university. These include: - the Tenure and Promotion Committee in the History Department, 2021 Apr-2021 - Jun 21 (chair Benjamin Hopkins) for the promotion to full professorship of Ashwini Tambe; -the Contract Renewal Committee in the University Honors Program, 2021 Spring 2021 (chair Elizabeth Chacko) for the contract renewal of a UHP faculty member; -and the Promotion Committee for the University Writing Program (chair Rachel Riedner) to consider UWP faculty for promotion; Finally, given my expertise in DEI, I have served as a member of the University Honors Program Advisory Committee and the CCAS DEI Manager Hiring Committee. Through these collaborative service commitments, I have worked hard to strengthen and enrich GW’s teaching and learning mission with a focus on interdisciplinary and inclusive teaching, learning, and community engagement.

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