Department Chair:
Jeffrey Pence

Administrative Assistant:
Sue Elkevizth

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8570
Fax: (440) 775-8684

Rice Hall 130
10 North Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Anuradha Needham

Anuradha Needham

Donald R. Longman Professor of English
(on leave 2017-18)

Contact Information


Rice Hall 128
(440) 775-8571

Personal Office Hours:
By appointment

Anuradha Needham

Educational Background

  • B.A., University of Delhi, 1971
  • M.A., University of Delhi, 1973
  • Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 1980

Anuradha Dingwaney Needham is author of Using the Master’s Tools: Resistance and the Literature of the African and South Asian Diasporas (2000). She is editor, with Carol Maier, of Between Languages and Cultures: Translation and Cross-cultural Texts (1996) and more recently, with Rajeswari Sunder Rajan, of The Crisis of Secularism in India (2007). She has published on Anglophone literatures of the “Third World,” including the work of writers like Salman Rushdie and Arundhati Roy, on cross-cultural and interdisciplinary pedagogies, and on Feminist theory and practice. During her year of Research Leave in 2010-2011, she was completing a monograph on a filmmaker associated with New (Parallel or Art) Cinema in India entitled New Indian Cinema in Post-Independence India: The Cultural Work of Shyam Benegal’s Films, to be published by Routledge, UK; this monograph is part of the series Intersections: Colonial and Postcolonial Histories, edited by Gyanendra Pandey. 

Her teaching interests include: Anglophone Third World literatures; British Romanticism; post-structuralist theory, post-colonial theory, and feminist theory. A recent entry in her teaching schedule includes Feminist Research Methodologies for the Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (GSFS) Institute, of which she was the inaugural director, and she is developing a course on Popular Indian Cinema to teach in the near future.