Department of English Language and Literature and the College
Sonali Thakkar’s research focuses on global Anglophone and postcolonial literatures, and contemporary transnational culture. She is currently exploring these interests in the form of two projects. The first, “Continental Drifters,” is a book-length exploration of the political, intellectual, and affective influence that the cultural memory of the Holocaust exerts on postcolonial writers preoccupied with migration to Europe from the former colonies after 1945. The second project focuses on international human rights discourse, specifically on the role of forensic anthropology in examining the bodily remains of victims of mass atrocity.
Thakkar earned her PhD in English and comparative literature from Columbia University in 2012. She was a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholar and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellow. She also holds a graduate certification in women’s and gender studies.
Thakkar joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2012.