Nisha Kommattam is the inaugural postdoctoral fellow at the Leslie Center for the Humanities. Her research focuses on gender and sexuality in South Asia, as well as modern south Indian literature(s) and cultural studies.
Current projects include an article on the pathologization of non-normative sexualities in Malayalam literature, several literary translations and a monograph on narratives of female same-sex desire in Southern India.
She was trained at the University of Cologne, Germany, and holds a PhD in modern south Asian studies as well as Master's degrees in English literature and philosophy. Prior to joining Dartmouth College, she taught in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago.
At the Leslie Center for the Humanities, Nisha coordinates the “Big Names” author series featuring guests speakers such as Zadie Smith, Jhumpa Lahiri and Jonathan Franzen; the "Humanities 3.0" series; the quarterly “Meet-the-Publishers” workshop for junior faculty; the “Students for the Humanities” group; and the new “Meet-the-World” speaker series, which invites recent refugees to the U.S. to campus. She has also started a South Asia Faculty Workgroup, hosting scholars from diverse disciplines of the Humanities and Social Sciences who share a research interest in South Asia.