Wednesday, October 5, 2011

New Faculty Profile: Sharleen Mondal

by Linda Joyce Brown

The Department of English is delighted to welcome Dr. Sharleen Mondal to the faculty.  Before coming to Ashland, Dr. Mondal taught literature and writing at the University of Washington, where she earned both her M.A. and Ph.D.  In her research and teaching, Dr. Mondal’s interests lie in gender and sexuality studies, postcolonial literature and theory, and nineteenth-century British literature.  She is currently working on a book-length project on late nineteenth-century Indian feminist and Hindu convert to Christianity, Pandita Ramabai, and the Pentecostal Revival that took place at Ramabai's community for Indian women in the early twentieth century.

In the spring semester, Dr. Mondal will be teaching composition as well as two literature courses:  English 314, Women’s Literature, and English 411, the Victorian Period.  She is also working to develop a minor in gender studies, and she looks forward to speaking with students about courses they would like to see developed as part of the minor.  Dr. Mondal is passionate about AU's "accent on the individual" philosophy, and she notes, “I am very excited to be at an institution where individual students are valued and supported.”

An interview with Dr. Mondal was recently featured in The Collegian; to learn more about her research and teaching, you can access that interview here.  Her office is on the first floor of the Center for the Humanities in Bixler.  Please stop by and welcome Dr. Mondal to AU!