Srinivas Aravamudan is Professor of English, Romance Studies, and the Literature Program and the former Dean of the Humanities at Duke University. His areas of expertise are eighteenth-century British and French Literature, postcolonial studies, and literary theory.
Aravamudan is the former director of the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute. He currently serves as the President of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (2014-) and previously served as President of CHCI for a five-year term from 2007-2012. He currently serves as the first vice president of the American Society for Eighteen-Century Studies and will become president in 2015-2016. He has held fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment of the Humanities.
His study, Tropicopolitans: Colonialism and Agency, 1688-1804 (Duke University Press) won the outstanding first book prize of the Modern Language Association in 2000. His next major monograph, Guru English: South Asian Religion in A Cosmopolitan Language, was published by Princeton University Press in 2006 and republished by Penguin India in 2007. He has also edited Slavery, Abolition and Emancipation: Writings of the British Romantic Period: Volume VI Fiction (1999, Pickering and Chatto); William Earle’s Obi: or, The History of Three-Fingered Jack (2005, Broadview Press); and co-edited a special issue of PMLA on War (2009). His most recent book, Enlightenment Orientalism: Resisting the Rise of the Novel, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2012.
Aravamudan is currently writing books on the history of the university, the concept of anachronism, and the theory of sovereignty and its relationship to religion and secularism.