Asif Iqbal

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of English

Areas of Study


  • BA & MA, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

  • MA, University of Maine, Orono, Maine

  • PhD, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan


Asif Iqbal is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Oberlin College. His research and teaching interests include comparative Global Anglophone literatures, world literature, nation states and the Global South, as well as postcolonial and decolonial theories. Currently, he is working on an article tentatively titled “Provincializing Partition?: Examining the Bangladeshi Response to 1947 in the Post-1971 Vernacular Novels of Taslima Nasreen, Mahmudul Haque and Hasan Azizul Huq.” His book manuscript project, Two Partitions: The East Pakistan-West Pakistan Encounter Through the Literary Imaginations of Twice-Born Bangladesh, interrogates the years between 1947 and 1971, as it also seeks to understand the evolving relationship between Pakistan’s two wings that would later transpire into a full-fledged war in 1971.

In progress

  • “Conceptualizing the East Pakistan-West Pakistan Entanglement: Gender, Politics and Postcolonial Development in Shawkat Ali’s Dhakkhinayoner Din” 


  • “Transcultural Dilemma in The Good Muslim: An Analysis of Bangladesh Through the Competing Visions of Maya and Sohail.” Transcultural Humanities in South Asia: Critical Essays on Literature and Culture, edited by Waseem Anwar and Nosheen Yousaf. Routledge, 2022, pp. 391-402. 

Fall 2022

The Great Divide? Cultural Encounters Between the West and the Islamic World — FYSP 111
The Postcolonial Trajectories — CMPL 234
The Postcolonial Trajectories — ENGL 234
Charting Globalization in Diaspora Films and Novels — CMPL 319
Charting Globalization in Diaspora Films and Novels — ENGL 319

Spring 2023

Comparative Global South Literatures — ENGL 246
Migrants and Postcolonial Novels — ENGL 377