Asif Iqbal

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of English

Areas of Study


  • PhD, English, Michigan State University

  • MA, English, University of Maine

  • BA & MA, English, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh


Asif Iqbal is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Oberlin College, Ohio, USA. His area of research includes the Global Anglophone novel, postcolonial and diasporic literatures, world literature and the Global South. His book project Two Partitions: Anglophone & Vernacular Cultural Imaginings of Postcolonial Bangladesh is a comparative and interdisciplinary study of a range of South Asian and diasporic literatures tracing the formation of Bangladesh through the partitions of 1947 and 1971. He has published an essay in South Asian Review (2017), and he has another essay published in the volume Transcultural Humanities in South Asia: Critical Essays on Literature and Culture (2022). His forthcoming articles include “Between Memories of Bangladesh and the Anglo-American Lived Experience: Diasporic Travails in Bangladeshi Anglophone Short Stories” in the Routledge edited volume titled Palimpsests of Identity and Memory: Contemporary Perspectives on South Asian Diaspora Literatures, and “A Bihari Among the Bengalis in the Liberation War Anglophone Novel The Song of Our Swampland.” As a participant in the British Academy sponsored writing workshop Pakistan to Bangladesh, 1947–70, Dr. Iqbal has completed research on a major Bengali trilogy Shawkat Ali’s Dhakkhinayoner Din. His article, titled “The East Pakistan–West Pakistan Entanglement: Gender, Politics, and Postcolonial Development in Shawkat Ali’s Dhakkhinayoner Din,” is forthcoming. Recently, Dr. Iqbal has been awarded the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Research Award administered by the Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies at UC Berkeley.

In progress

  • “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. 


  • “Thinking Beyond Nationalism in South Asia: Reading the Local as Postcolonial in Fault Lines: Stories of 1971.” South Asian Review 38.1 (2017): 101-113.

Spring 2024

Introduction to World Literature — ENGL 103
Diaspora Stories — ENGL 208

Fall 2024

The Great Divide? Cultural Encounters Between the West and the Islamic World — FYSP 111