CV

Curriculum Vitae
AMANDA RUTH WAUGH LAGJI
[email protected]
www.amandarwlagji.com

EMPLOYMENT
Pitzer College, Assistant Professor of English and World Literature
July 2017

EDUCATION
Ph.D., English, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
May 2017 

M.A., English, University of Massachusetts, Amherst                                          February 2012

B.A., English, Honors; B.A. Philosophy, Honors, Dickinson College
May 2009, summa cum laude

PUBLICATIONS
Refereed Articles
“‘Now’ is Here: Disillusionment and Urgency in Anita Desai’s Cry, the Peacock.” Accepted for publication in South Asian Review.

“Waiting for Now: The Temporality of Return in Ayi Kwei Armah’s Fragments.” African Literature Today 34: Diaspora & Returns in Fiction (November 2016): 28-47.

“Smoke and Mirrors: Generic Manipulation and Doubling in Dancing to ‘Almendra.’” Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal 13.2 (2016): 1-17.

“A Postcolonial Perspective: Law and the Literary World.” Law, Culture and the Humanities. Published online before print 11 Feb. 2016. 1-14. doi: 1743872116630698.

“Revising the Narrative of Failure: Reconsidering State Failure in Nuruddin Farah’s Knots.” ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature 45.4 (2014): 31-57.

“‘Willing Liberates’: Nietzschean Heroism and Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions.” Pacific Coast Philology 46 (2011): 80-96.

Other Publications

“Cosmopolitan Commitments: Beyond the ‘Nation’ and the ‘Meantime’ in Nadine Gordimer’s The Pickup.” Criterion: A Journal of Literary Criticism (Winter 2011): 137-53.

Under Review

“Heavenly Homes and Transnational Travel: Amanda Smith’s Religious Cosmopolitan Vision.” Invited for publication in edited collection, published by Africa World Press, 2017. Submitted.

“Absurd Waiting in Samuel Beckett and Zakes Mda.” Edited collection on waiting, published by Brill. Eds. Olaf Berwald and Christoph Singer. Submitted.

AWARDS AND HONORS
2017    Graduate Student Caucus Essay Award, Northeast Modern Language Association
2016    Honorable Mention, Ford Foundation Dissertation Completion Fellowship
2016    Special Mention, Postcolonial Studies Association Postgraduate Essay Prize
2013    Special Mention, Postcolonial Studies Association Postgraduate Essay Prize
2012    Charles A. Peters Prize, Renaissance Literature, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
2011    Special Mention, Postcolonial Studies Association Postgraduate Essay Prize
2011    John Hicks Prize in Literature, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 

GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS
2016    Modern Language Association Travel Grant for MLA Paper Presentations

2016    Northeast Modern Language Association Graduate Student Travel Award

2015    University of Massachusetts, Amherst Dissertation Summer Fellowship

2015    English Department Travel Grant for MLA Conference Paper Presentation

2014    English Department Travel Grant for MLA Conference Paper Presentation

2013    Northeast Modern Language Association Graduate Student Travel Award

2012    English Department Travel Grant for NeMLA Paper Presentation

2010    University of Massachusetts, Amherst Graduate School Travel Grant

2010    English Department Travel Grant for PAMLA Paper Presentation

CONFERENCE PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS
“Waithood and Girlhood in NoViolet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names.” Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Conference, New York, NY, January 2018.

“The ‘Fundamentals’ of World Literature: The Silent Minaret and Post-9/11 Global Forms.” African Literature Association (ALA) Annual Conference, New Haven, CT, June 2017.

“Finding a Form for the Fragments: Bilal Tanweer’s The Scatter Here is Too Great,” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD, March 2017.

“Time and the Other: Negotiating Temporalities in African Fiction,” African Studies Association Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., December 2016.

“Waiting and Creating: Presenting African Futures in The Cry of Winnie Mandela and Radiance of Tomorrow,” Waiting as Cultural Practice: An Interdisciplinary, International Conference, Paderborn, Germany, May 2016.

“The Trauma of Waiting: Gendered Time in Anita Desai’s Cry the Peacock,” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Annual Conference, Hartford, CT, March 2016.

“Time to Revisit: Nadine Gordimer and Times of Transition,” Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Austin, TX, January 2016.

“Waiting: Keywords for the Global South,” Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Austin, TX, January 2016.

“Marking Time in Postcolonial Studies: Tracking Colonial Time and Temporality in Postcolonial Fiction,” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada, April 2015.

“Law and Literature: A Postcolonial Perspective,” Desire for Narrative in Law and Literature, Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Vancouver, Canada, January 2015.

“Postcolonial Temporalities and the Violence of History,” African Studies Association Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN, November 2014.

“Waiting for Now: Theorizing Postcoloniality’s Temporalities,” International Conference on Narrative, Boston, MA, March 2014.

“Assessing the State of Things: Failure and Nuruddin Farah’s Fiction,” Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, January 2014.

“Reconciliation Revised: Narrative Closure, Truth, and Trauma in Nuruddin Farah’s Maps,” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Annual Conference, Boston, MA, March 2013.

“Revising the Narrative of Failure: Reconsidering State Failure in Nuruddin Farah’s Knots,” British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Association Conference, Savannah, GA, February 2013.

“Circulating Colonial Contagions: Labor, Sickness, and Scars in Charlotte Yonge’s The Clever Woman of the Family,” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Annual Conference, Rochester, NY, March 2012.

“‘Willing Liberates’: Nietzschean Heroism in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions,” Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Annual Conference, Honolulu, HI, November 2010. 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Assistant Professor, English and World Literature Department, Pitzer College.
Introduction to Postcolonial Studies (Fall 2017).
Rivers, Oceans, Tides, and Seas: World Literature in an Oceanic Context (Fall 2017). 

Instructor of record, English Department, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Later British Literature: Colonial Engagements. (Online)
World Literature: Colony, Diaspora, Nation: Images of Africa in World Literature and the Atlantic World
Society and Literature: “May it Please the Court?”: Scenes of Justice and Fairness in Literature
Gender, Society, Literature, and Culture: Through a Child’s Eyes: Postcolonial Literature and Constructions of Gender (Online)
College Writing (12 sections, 2009-2017) 

Teaching Assistant, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Modern Fiction, English Department (2 sections)
Introduction to Legal Studies, Political Science Department (9 sections)

Instructor of record, Westfield State University.
World Literature II: Home and Away: Literatures of the World, Worlds of Literature
World Literature II: Colony, Diaspora, Nation: Images of Africa in World Literature and the Atlantic World 

SERVICE
2017          Panel organizer and chair, “Post-Post-Colonial? Time in Contemporary Postcolonial Fiction,” Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Baltimore, March 23-26, 2017.
2016          Panel organizer and chair, “Orientalism and the Globalization of Africa: New Directions with Africa at the Center,” African Studies Association Annual Conference, Washington D.C., December 1-3.
2016          Panelist, “Effective Teaching: Advice from Top HFA TAs,” University of Massachusetts Graduate Student Orientation.
2016          Panelist, “Areas Q & A Panel,” English Graduate Organization’s Professional Development Series.
2016          Panelist, “Info Session: Dissertation Writing Fellowships,” Graduate School’s Office of Professional Development.
2016          Panelist, “Course Proposals and Syllabus Design,” English Graduate Organization’s Professional Development Series.
2016          Panelist, “Best Practice for Online Teaching,” Humanities Online Teaching Program, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Continuing and Professional Education.
2015          Judge, University of Massachusetts, Amherst’s Mock Trial Competition.
2015          Panelist, “Effective Teaching: Advice from Teaching Assistants in the Humanities and Fine Arts,” University of Massachusetts Graduate Student Orientation.
2013          Member, Graduate Conference Committee, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
2012          Logistics Coordinator, World Studies Interdisciplinary Conference, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
2011-12     Resource Staff, Mentor for New Teachers, Writing Program at University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
2011          Chair, “Conflicting Realities: Reconceptualizing Women’s Experiences,” University of Massachusetts, Amherst’s Graduate Conference.
2011          Talk, “Attending Conferences,” English Graduate Organization’s Professional Development Series.
2010-12     Member, English Department’s Graduate Studies Committee.

RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS
Postcolonial literature and theory
Global Anglophone, twentieth-century literature
African literature
Law and literature

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Assistant, Interdisciplinary Studies Institute
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2012- 2017.          

Editorial Review Board
Diesis: Footnotes on Literary Identities, 2012- 2014.

Editor
The Handsome American: The Ed Cooper Story, by John B. Cooper, 2016.

Writing Tutor, University of Massachusetts Writing Center
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2010-2012.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
Modern Language Association (MLA)
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
African Studies Association (ASA)
African Literature Association  (ALA)
South Asian Literary Association (SALA)
Phi Beta Kappa

LANGUAGE FACILITY
 French
Speaking: Intermediate
Reading: Translation proficient