Rashi Rohatgi

Associate Professor Faculty of Education and Arts
+47 75 51 78 47
Bodø, Hovedbygning E303

About me

​I am an Associate Professor in the Department of English​​, and coordinator for the Experience English programmes. 



PhD Languages and Cultures, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (2013)

PGCE Secondary English, Institute of Education, University College London (2015)

MA Religious Studies, Divinity School, University of Chicago (2009)

BSc Comparative Regional Studies, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University (2007)

Previous Academic Appointments

Associate Professor, Nord University (2018-present)

Assistant Professor, Kutztown University (2016-17)

Lecturer, Skidmore College London Program (2014-16)


My expertise is in World Literature, with a particular focus on literatures of the Indian Ocean region, translation, and cross-cultural communication. I have further interests in religion and poetry, comparative pedagogy, and cultural theory.


I teach a World Literature course (HIS1001), a course on Literature and the Creative Economy (SP204L) and two courses on cross-cultural communication: English 123 (a flash fiction course), and SP203 (Business English). In previous positions, I have taught courses on South Asian area studies, African literature, World Literature, Black and minority ethnic literature and culture, cultural theory, and academic writing and research.


My monograph Fighting Cane and Canon: Abhimanyu Unnuth and the Case of World Literature in Mauritius (2014) joins the growing field of modern Indian Ocean studies. Further publications on Mauritian literature have appeared in The Journal of World Literature, Matatu, and various other journals. Recent work on the literary prize in Mauritius appears in World Literature in Motion: Institution, Recognition, Location (2020). My translation of Abhimanyu Unnuth's seminal novel Lal Pasina, the first English translation of this work, is also forthcoming (2021).  

The second vein of my research is focused on issues of comparative pedagogy. I write on teaching in Norway in a comparative context, and have presented papers on this subject at the ASANOR conference (2018), the ACLA conference (2020), the Rites/Rights of Inclusion seminar (2020) and ​​the Name of a Discipline Conference (2021).

I am also a creative writer. Recent publications include "A Year in the North" (in the VIDA Review; nominated for Best of the Net), "Ahoy" (in A-Minor Magazine), and Where the Sun Will Rise Tomorrow (with Galaxy Galloper Press), and recent awards include the Novella Spectacular Award 2019. I have been on the editorial staff of Africa in Words and Boston Accent Lit, where I convened the Accent Prize. Formerly reader for Ayesha Pande Lit and for The Rumpus, I am a former AWP and Binders mentee and a Bread Loaf, VONA, and Tin House alumna.​