Ashley Cohen

Associate Professor of English
Ashley Cohen


I work at the intersection of eighteenth-century, postcolonial, and South Asia studies. My first monograph, The Global Indies: British Imperial Culture and the Reshaping of the World, 1756-1815 was published by Yale University Press in 2020. 

I’m currently working on three new projects: a collaborative English translation of Yashpal’s Hindi novel, Manushya Ke Roop (1949), and two monographs: “Buddhist Marxisms” and “The Exploited Eighteenth Century.”

My critical edition of Lady Nugent’s East India Journal was published by Oxford University Press (2014). My articles and essays have appeared in Eighteenth-Century Studies, Comparative LiteratureThe Eighteenth Century: Theory and InterpretationSporting Cultures, 1650-1850 (UToronto Press, 2018), and Britain’s Black Past (Liverpool UP, 2020). In 2018 I was awarded the inaugural Srinivas Aravamudan Prize by the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies for my article, “The Global Indies: Historicizing Oceanic Metageographies.”

I offer courses on colonialism, postcolonialism, British Literature, and South Asian literature.