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Shefali Rajamannar

Associate Professor (Teaching) of Writing

Contact Information
E-mail: rajamann@email.usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-1984
Office: JEF 150

LINKS
Author website: Palgrave Macmillan
 

Biographical Sketch

Shefali Rajamannar is Associate Professor of Writing at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, where she served as the Associate Director of the Writing Program for three years in addition to working as a Lecturer at the English Department. Her book Reading the Animal in the Literature of the British Raj was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012. Prior to coming to the United States, Dr. Rajamannar held a tenured position at the Department of English of Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi, widely acknowledged as India's top women's college and one of its top four liberal arts colleges. Her areas of interest include animal studies, environmental studies, rhetoric, writing pedagogy, colonial and imperial texts, nineteenth century British writing, early twentieth century British writing, and modern European drama.

 

Education

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, 2013-2016  
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

Animal studies, environmental studies, rhetoric, writing pedagogy, colonial and imperial texts, nineteenth century British writing, early twentieth century British writing, modern European drama.
 

Conferences and Other Presentations

Conference Presentations

"Hunting in Colonial Writing: Land and Animal Use as Imperial Lens", PAMLA (Panel on Postcolonial Literature), Talk/Oral Presentation, Portland, Oregon, Invited, 2015-2016   
"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

"Alternative Winter Break in India", USC Alternative Winter Break Orientation Session, 2015-2016   
"Engaging Students in the Classroom ", Panelist at Professional Development Session for Faculty, 2015-2016   
"Writing the College Level Essay", Orientation for incoming USC students, University of Southern California, 2008-2009   
 

Publications

Book

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

Other

Rajamannar, S. (2016). "'And we shall sit at endless feast': Tennyson’s 'In Memoriam' Revisited," Poetry for Peace.
 

Honors and Awards

Larger Faculty Development Grant, 2015-2016   
Nominated for USC Mentoring Award, 2015-2016   
Selected as "Master Teacher" for the Writing Program, USC, 2015-2016   
Faculty Development Grant, 2014-2015   
USC Dornsife Faculty Development Grant, 2013-2014   
Faculty Development Grant, 2012-2013   
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  
 

Committees

Member, Assisted Hiring Committee as member of Personnel Committee, 2015-2016   
Member, Mentoring Committee, 2015-2016   
Member, Personnel Committee (elected faculty representative), 2015-2016   
Member, Merit Review Committee (elected faculty representative), 2014-2015   
Member, Assisted Hiring Committee as member of Personnel Committee, 2013-2014   
Member, Personnel Committee (elected faculty representative), 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

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, 2015-2016   
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 Alpha Chi Omega Academic Achievement Scholarship Dinner, 2012-2013   
Faculty invitee at Student-Faculty Norman Topping Luncheon, 2012-2013   
Alumni representative at meeting with USC Trustee, 2008-2009   
 

Other Service to the University

Faculty Advisor to USC student group "Pre-Medical Literary Circle", 2014-  
Referee for multiple students' applications for jobs, internships, scholarships, graduate school etc. , 2010-  
Referee for several Writing Program faculty members' promotions and professional/job applications, 2010-  
Moderator, Undergraduate Writers' Conference, 2015-2016   
Table leader for end of semester portfolio session for upper division writing, USC Writing Program, 2010-2015  
Participated in sessions on development/teaching of new WRIT 150 courses, 2012-2014  
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  
Conducted socialization workshop during "Critical Reasoning Study" sponsored by the Spencer and Teagle Foundations and Duke University, 2008-2009   
Writing Program Representative, CCCC Conference, New Orleans, 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, PAMLA Annual International Conference , 2013-  
 

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

European Romantic Review (Routledge), Routledge, Peer Reviewer, 2015-2016   
Anthology: Writing in the Health Sciences, Broadview, Consultant for prospective anthology on Writing in the Health Sciences, 2014-2015   
Palgrave Macmillan monographs, Palgrave Macmillan, Peer Reviewer, 2014-2015   
Society and Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies, Brill Publishers, Boston, Peer Reviewer, 2013-2014   
Anthem Press monographs, Anthem, Peer Reviewer of books on Nineteenth Century British Literature and Cultural Studies., 2011-2012   
 
 
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