• Donald R. Longman Professor of English


  • BA, University of Delhi, 1971
  • MA, University of Delhi, 1973
  • PhD, 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.   


  • Anuradha Dingwaney Needham Receives Fellowship

    February 21, 2017

    Anuradha Dingwaney Needham, the Donald R. Longman professor of English and cinema studies, has received a Fulbright-Nehru fellowship to conduct research in India on a collaborative project with well-known feminist scholar Rajeswari Sunder Rajan. Together, they are working on a monograph provisionally entitled Sighting/Citing/Siting Women in Postcolonial Indian Cinema: Feminist Readings. This project examines two periods, 1945-1965 and 1970-1990, in Indian cinema that witnessed a slew of women-centered films (i.e., films centering women as protagonists and/or engaging with issues related to women’s status and roles in society). The fellowship will enable Needham to examine archival materials at the Indian National Film Archives and meet with her collaborator and Indian film scholars. 

  • Elle Magazine Recognizes Courses by Margaret Kamitsuka, Anu Needham

    July 7, 2016

    The courses Theologies of Abortion (taught by Margaret Kamitsuka, Francis W. and Lydia L. Davis associate professor of religion) and Women In/and Bollywood (taught by Anu Needham, Donald R. Longman professor of English) were included in the Elle magazine article “63 College Classes That Give Us Hope for the Next Generation.” See the article on this web page.


English Professors Receive GLCA Grant

October 9, 2015
Professors Anuradha Dingwaney Needham, Danielle Skeehan, and Harrod Suarez—along with three faculty from Kenyon College—have received a $47,520 grant from the Great Lakes Colleges Association under its Expanding Collaboration Initiative, which is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.