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Liam O'Loughlin

Liam O'Loughlin

Assistant Professor


  • English

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Liam O’Loughlin is Assistant Professor of English at Capital University. His research interests lie at the intersection of postcolonial studies, environmental humanities, and cultural studies, and his current research project examines the politics of industrial and environmental disaster representations in contemporary South Asian English fiction.

He has published essays in Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Comparative American Studies, Postcolonial Studies, and the anthology Negative Cosmopolitanism (McGill-Queen’s University Press). His reviews and an interview have been published in numerous places, including Ariel, Interventions, and the Journal of Postcolonial Writing. With Pallavi Rastogi (Louisiana State University), he has co-edited a sequence of short essays on global Black and South Asian relationships (for South Asian Review); he is currently co-editing, with Pallavi Rastogi and Meghan Gorman-DaRif (San Jose State University), a special issue of South Asian Review on South Asian disaster representations.

His courses offer interdisciplinary engagements with literature, focusing on its historical contexts and aesthetic entanglements with other forms of writing and representation, particularly film, journalism, and music. Before coming to Capital, he taught at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, and the University of Pittsburgh.
Degrees Earned
PhD, Critical and Cultural Studies, University of Pittsburgh
BA, English, University of Maryland
Postcolonial and Global Literatures
Literature and the Environment
Intro to Literature
Senior Seminar
Academic Composition
“Global South Asian and Black Relationships,” with Pallavi Rastogi, South Asian Review, 43.1-2 (2022): 132-135.

“’No Better Story to Tell’: Framing Anti-colonialism in the Aid Exposé Documentary.” Postcolonial Studies (Pre-print online publication)

“The Institutional Cultures of Postcolonial Studies: Representing the Field in Academic Fiction and Hip Hop.” Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. (Published online, forthcoming in print)
“Disaster Cosmopolitanism: The Politics of Comparison in Kamila Shamsie’s Burnt Shadows.” Negative Cosmopolitanism: Cultures and Politics of World Citizenship after Globalization. Kent, Eddy and Terri Tomsky, eds. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017: 91-104.
“’A Different Way of Seeing’: An Interview with Minoli Salgado.”
Ariel: A Review of International English Literature, 47.4 (2016): 163-173.
“Negotiating Solidarity: Indra Sinha’s Animal’s People and the ‘NGO-ization’ of Postcolonial Narrative.” Comparative American Studies, 12.1-2 (2014): 101-13.