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  Nihad M. Farooq
Associate Professor, American and Atlantic Studies
Director of Undergraduate Studies
School of Literature, Media, and Communication

Ph.D., Duke University, English
Joined faculty in 2007

Research areas/interests
Farooq investigates the transformative power of encounter between scientists and indigenous and diasporic populations in the Americas in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her interdisciplinary approach moves between literary studies, American and Atlantic Studies, critical race theory, and cultural studies of science and ethnography.

Andrew W. Mellon & William S. Vaughn Faculty Research Fellowship
Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, Vanderbilt University (2012-13)

Current and recent projects  
Undisciplined: Science, Ethnography, and Personhood in the Americas, 1830-1940 (forthcoming, NYU Press)

Slavery and Social Networks in the New World (manuscript in progress)

Recent and selected publications  
Farooq, Nihad M. “Of Science and Excess: Jacob Riis, Anzia Yezierska, and the Ethnographic Turn in Immigrant Fiction,” American Studies 53.4 (October 2014).

Farooq, Nihad M. “Creolization and Cultural Performance: Boas, Hurston, and Ethnographic Personhood in the Twentieth Century,” Studies in the Humanities 41: 1, 2 (2014).

Farooq, Nihad M. “National Myths, Resistant Persons: Ethnographic Fictions of Haiti,” Journal of Transnational American Studies 5.1 (2013): 1-36.

Farooq, Nihad M. “Narrating Sense, Ordering Nature: Darwin’s Anthropological Vision,” Concentric: Literary & Cultural Studies 38.3 (2012): 87-111.

Professional associations
Modern Language Association
American Studies Association
C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists