Kathleen Fernando has taught in the English Department since 2006. She teaches courses in Postcolonial literature and theory, South Asian literature, Caribbean literature, and Canadian Diasporic writing. Her research investigates the intersections between middle class notions of moral hygiene and religious constructions of purity/pollution that circulated in the years preceding, and following, Indian Independence/Partition. Women, gender and sexuality are thus central to her research, much of which is concerned with the role of South Asian women in the imperial and postcolonial imagination. She is currently working on transforming her dissertation into a book length project.
Post-colonial literature(s) and Theory, South Asian Literature, Canadian Diasporic Writing
2012 — Doctor of Philosophy from York University
2003 — Master of Arts from University of Illinois at Chic
1994 — Bachelor of Arts from Goshen College