Shefali Rajamannar

Assistant Professor (Teaching) of Writing

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-1984
Office: JEF 150

Author website: Palgrave Macmillan


  • B.A. (Honours) English, St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi
  • M.A. English, St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi
  • M.Phil. English, University of Delhi
  • M.A. English, University of Southern California
  • Ph.D. English, University of Southern California

  • Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

    Tenure Track Appointments
    • Tenured Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in English, Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi, 1990-2001  

    Non-Tenure Track Appointments
    • Lecturer in English, Department of English, Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi, 1987-1989  
    • Lecturer in English, University of Delhi, 1989-1990  

    Visiting and Temporary Appointments
    • Lecturer in English, Department of English, University of Southern California, 2012-2013   
    • Post-graduate Lecturer in English, NCWEB, University of Delhi, 1994-1997  

    Other Employment
    • Assistant Professor, The Writing Program, University of Southern California, 2013-  
    • Lecturer, The Writing Program, University of Southern California, 08/2010-08/2013  
    • Associate Director (Upper Division), The Writing Program, University of Southern California, 09/2007-06/2010  
    • Assistant Lecturer and Program Coordinator, The Writing Program, University of Southern California, 1998-2006  

    Description of Research

    Summary Statement of Research Interests
    Classes taught: USC WRITING PROGRAM: Advanced Writing in the Arts and Humanities, Advanced Writing in the Social Sciences, Advanced Writing in the Natural Sciences, Advanced Writing in the Health Sciences, Writing and Critical Reasoning; USC ENGLISH DEPARTMENT: British Literature from the 1800's. UNIVERSITY OF DELHI: B.A. Honours Level Courses(Lectures and Writing Tutorials): The Novel in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, Poetry from Chaucer to Milton, Romantic and Victorian Poetry, Modern Literature I: Fiction and Criticism, Modern Literature II: Poetry and Drama. POSTGRADUATE COURSES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DELHI: (Lectures and Writing Tutorials): Nineteenth Century Novel and Poetry and Modern European Drama
    Research Specialties
    Writings about animals, animal studies, rhetoric, the teaching of writing, colonial and imperial texts, nineteenth century British writing, early twentieth century British writing

    Conferences and Other Presentations

    Conference Presentations
    • " Teaching Writing Across Disciplines", PAMLA, Presiding Officer and Chair, Riverside, California, Invited, 2014-2015   
    • "Travel Writing in Colonial India", PAMLA, Talk/Oral Presentation, Riverside, California, Invited, 2014-2015   
    • "Visualizing the Nonhuman Other", Conference on "Stages of Life: Age, Identity, and Culture", Talk/Oral Presentation, San Diego, California, PAMLA (Pacific Ancient & Modern Languages Assoc.), Invited, 2013-2014   
    • "Making Kingdoms Out of Beasts: Writing the animal in the nineteenth century", PAMLA (Panel on Ecocriticism), Lecture/Seminar, Abstract, Invited, 2012-2013   
    • "The Aesthetics of Cruelty", Interdisciplinary Conference. Theme: "Cruelty", Talk/Oral Presentation, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Department of English, USC, 2012-2013   
    • "Can the Subaltern Roar? Writing the Beast in Nineteenth-Century Hunting Narratives", "Speaking Nature," 2011 Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies Conference, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Paper, Pitzer College, Los Angeles, Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies, Invited, 2010-2011   
    • "Hunting as Land Use in India: The Animal as Imperial Lens", 2011 MLA Convention, Talk/Oral Presentation, Abstract, Los Angeles, CA, Modern Languages Association, Spring 2011   
    • "Isabel Savoury's 'A Sportswoman in India'", 18th- and 19th-C. British Women Writers' Conference, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Abstract, Texas A&M University, 18th- and 19th-C. British Women Writers' , Spring 2010   

    Other Presentations
    • "Writing the College Level Essay", Orientation for incoming students, University of Southern California, 2008-2009   


    • Rajamannar, S. (2012). Reading the Animal in the Literature of the British Raj. Foreword by James R. Kincaid. New York, New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

    • Rajamannar, S. (2014). "'And we shall sit at endless feast': Tennyson’s 'In Memoriam' Revisited," Poetry for Peace.

    Honors and Awards

    • USC Dornsife Faculty Development Grant, 2013-2014   
    • USC Dornsife Faculty Development Grant towards book publication, 2011-2012   
    • Nominated for President Steven B. Sample Teaching and Mentoring Award by students and parents, Fall 2011   
    • Sara and John Lindsey Chair of Liberal Arts Travel Award, 18th Annual British Women Writers' Conference, Texas A&M University, 2010-2011   
    • USC Professional Development Grant, 2010-2011   
    • Five-year Dean's Fellowship, 8/15/1998-7/15/2003  
    • British Council Scholarship, University of Cambridge Summer School in Literature and Cultural Studies, 1996-1997   

    Service to the University

    Administrative Appointments
    • Table Leader, Writing Program Portfolio Sessions, 2010-  
    • Mentor, Writing Program Junior Faculty Mentoring Program, 2015-2016   
    • Mentor, Writing Program Junior Faculty Mentoring Program, 2014-2015   
    • Mentor, Writing Program Junior Faculty Mentoring Program, 2013-2014   
    • Associate Director-Upper Division, USC Writing Program, 09/2007-06/2010  
    • Member, Mentoring Committee, 2015-2016   
    • Member, Personnel Committee (elected), 2015-2016   
    • Member, Merit Review Committee (elected), 2014-2015   
    • Member, Personnel Committee, 2013-2014   
    • Member, Assisted Hiring Committee as member of Personnel Committee, 2013-2014   
    • Co-Chair, Conducted Orientation and Mentoring Sessions for incoming Upper-Division faculty, USC Writing Program, 2011-2012  
    • Member, Professional Development Committee, USC Writing Program, 2010-2012  
    • Member, Reading Group, USC Writing Program, 2010-2011  
    Review Panels
    • USC Writing Program, Staff representative, Writing Program Promotional Committee, 2007-2010  
    • University of Southern California, USC Trustee and Presidential Scholarships, 2009-2010   
    • University of Southern California, Graduate representative, The English Department, USC Provost's Committee, 2008-2009   
    Media, Alumni, and Community Relations
    • Faculty Invitee, Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society Induction Ceremony, 2014-2015   
    • Neighborhood Academic Initiative: Faculty volunteer with Freshman Seminar FSEM-100 and JEP community outreach program to help rising high school students with their college applications, 2014-2015   
    • Faculty Invitee at student-faculty events, 2013-2014   
    • Faculty invitee at Student-Faculty Norman Topping Luncheon, 2012-2013   
    • Faculty invitee at Alpha Chi Omega Academic Achievement Scholarship Dinner, 2012-2013   
    • Alumni representative at meeting with USC Trustee, 2008-2009   
    Other Service to the University
    • Referee for several Writing Program faculty members' promotions and professional/job applications, 2010-  
    • Referee for multiple students' applications for jobs, internships, scholarships, graduate school etc. , 2010-  
    • Participated in sessions on development/teaching of new WRIT 150 courses, 2012-2014  
    • Table leader for end of semester portfolio session for upper division writing, USC Writing Program, 2010-2014  
    • Moderator, USC Undergraduate Writers' Conference, 2013-2014   
    • Moderator for Creative Writing Group, USC Undergraduate Writers' Conference, 2012-2013   
    • Moderator for Professional Writing Group, USC Undergraduate Writers' Conference, 2011-2012   
    • Moderator for Analytical Writing Group, USC Undergraduate Writers' Conference, 2008-2011  
    • Judge, USC Undergraduate Writers' Conference, 2008-2010  
    • Staff Representative, Writing Program Personnel Committee, 2007-2010  
    • Staff representative, Committees for new courses, USC Writing Program, 2007-2010  
    • Writing Program Representative, CCCC Conference, New Orleans, 2008-2009   
    • Conducted socialization workshop during "Critical Reasoning Study" sponsored by the Spencer and Teagle Foundations and Duke University, 2008-2009   
    • Orientation Group Leader, Office of International Students, 2006-2007   

    Service to the Profession

    Conferences Organized
    • Presiding Officer, Creator and Chair of Special Session, 2013 PAMLA Conference on "Stages of Life: Age, Identity, and Culture", San Diego, California, 2013-2014 , 2014-  

    Professional Memberships
    • Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, 2012-  
    • Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Association, 2011-2012   
    • Modern Languages Association, 2011-2012   
    • British Women Writers' Association, 2010-2011   
    • National Council of Teachers of English, 2009-2010   

    Reviewer for Publication
    • Broadview Press, Consultant for prospective anthology on Writing in the Health Sciences, 2014-2015   
    • Palgrave Macmillan, Peer Reviewer, 2014-2015   
    • Society and Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies, Brill Publishers, Boston, Peer Reviewer, 2013-2014   
    • Anthem Press, Peer Reviewer of books on Nineteenth Century British Literature and Cultural Studies., 2011-2012   

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