Priya Joshi is Associate Professor of English at Temple University and founding director of the New India Forum. She received her Ph.D. with distinction in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University in 1995.
Professor Joshi is the author of In Another Country: Colonialism, Culture, and the English Novel in India (New York: Columbia University Press, 2002; New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2003). The book is a cultural history of the consumption and production of the English novel in nineteenth- and twentieth-century India. It has won numerous awards including the MLA First Book Prize; the Sonya Rudikoff Prize for best first book in Victorian studies by the Northeast Victorian Studies Association; a Choice Outstanding Academic Title award; and honorable mention for the SHARP Book History Prize. Professor Joshi is currently completing another book-length project entitled Crime and Punishment: Nationalism and Public Fantasy in Bollywood Cinema in which she studies popular Hindi film and the fabrication of national identities in postcolonial India. The volume is something of a sequel to In Another Country in its exploration of popular forms, public cultures, and postcolonial modernities in South Asia.
Professor Joshi's research and teaching interests include imperialism and its legacies, narrative and postcolonial theory, history of the book, the modern novel, popular Hindi film, and nationalism. Her research has been supported extramurally by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Institute for Indian Studies.
Recent lectures on her research have included talks at Iowa, Hawai'i, Oxford, Stanford, the University of Chicago, the University of WisconsinMadison, Penn, Bryn Mawr, the British Library, CUNYGraduate Center, and Harvard University. Professor Joshi is a frequent guest on public radio shows on Bollywood cinema and has appeared on NPR's Morning Edition, San Francisco's Forum on KQED with Michael Krasny; St. Louis's Cityscape on KWMU with Michael Sampson; and Chicago's Odyssey on WBEZ with Gretchen Helfrich. In February and March 2000, she presented four hour-long segments on her research into the Indian novel for University of the Air, Wisconsin Public Radio, with hosts, Emily Auerbach and Normal Gilliland.
Joshi serves as a referee for a number of scholarly journals including
the award-winning Book History, Signs: A Journal of Women in
Culture and Society, and Bridges: the Berkeley Research Journal
on South and Southeast Asian Studies, where she is also on the
advisory board. She is a member of the Society for the History of
and Publishing (SHARP), the Modern Language Association (MLA), the North
American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA), the Association for
Asian Studies (AAS), the Society for Cinema and Media Studies
(SCMS), the American Comparative Literature Association,
and the British Book Trade History Group.