Dr. Nilak Datta

Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

Postmodernism, American Fiction, Tourism Theory, Literary and Cultural Studies

About the Faculty

I received my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from University of Calcutta, and an M.Phil. from Jawaharlal Nehru University. I earned my Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University. My doctoral dissertation examines how postmodern American fiction takes cognizance of the worldwide expansion of tourism since the 1950s and how this expansion can help explain its self-reflexive character. My work has appeared in journals like Annals of Tourism Research, Modern Fiction Studies, and Reviews in Cultural Theory. I’ve presented conference papers in locations as diverse as New Hampshire and New Delhi, Paris and Pittsburgh; I have taught in three countries – India, Qatar, and the United States. I have taught in institutions as far-ranging as Jawaharlal Nehru University, the Ramakrishna Mission, Carnegie Mellon University, Point Park University, University of Indianapolis, and the Community College of Allegheny County.

My teaching and research interests are varied and span fields as diverse as 19th century urban change, international expositions, postmodern consumer culture, post-truth, modernist fiction, and American literature.

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-7298-4198 

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