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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, Assisted Hiring Committee as member of Personnel Committee, 2013-2014   
Member, 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 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

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-  
Faculty Advisor to USC student group "Pre-Medical Literary Circle", 2014-2015   
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  
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, 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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