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director , literature and language professor

Srinivas Aravamudan is Professor of English, Literature and Romance Studies at Duke University, where he also serves as Dean of the Humanities Aravamudan was a signatory of the Group of 88.


Aravamudan, Srinivas was born on October 12, 1962 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Son of Kesava and Srimathi Aravamudan.


He holds master's degrees from Purdue University and Cornell University, and earned his Ph.D. at Cornell.


He taught at the University of Utah and the University of Washington before joining Duke's faculty in 2000. He is the former director of Duke's Franklin Humanities Institute and has overseen innovations and expansions of the humanities at Duke as a dean, notably through the Humanities Writ Large initiative. specializes in 18th-century British and French literature and postcolonial literature, imbibed with pro-western thoughts. His work pits various events in literary history, such as the popularity of the 18th-century oriental tale, against traditional intellectual historiographies that assume national boundaries and the relationship between colonized and colonizer are stable.


  • Aravamudan received the Modern Language Association's prestigious prize for an outstanding first book in 2000.



Married Ranjana Khanna.

Kesava Aravamudan

Srimathi Aravamudan

Ranjana Khanna.