Lopa Basu

Director, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin, Stout
Assistant Director, University of Wisconsin, Stout
English and Philosophy Department
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Office: Robert S. Swanson Library Learning Center
Phone: 715-232-1455
Email: basul@uwstout.edu

Education

    • Ph D English
      City University of New York
      2004
    • MA English
      University of Delhi
      New Delhi, India, 1994
    • BA English
      Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi
      New Delhi, India, 1992

Work Experience

    Academic - Post-Secondary

      • University of Wisconsin-Stout, Honors College
        Director
        2011 -
      • University of Wisconsin, Stout, Department of English and Philosophy
        Associate Professor
        2010 -
      • University of Wisconsin, Stout, University Honors Program
        Assistant Director
        2008 -
      • UW Stout, Honors College
        Director
        2011 - 2013
      • UW Stout, University Honors Program
        Assistant Director
        2008 - 2012
      • University of Wisconsin, Stout, Department of English and Philosophy
        Assistant Professor
        2005 - 2010
      • City University of New York, Lehman College
        Adjunct Lecturer
        1995 - 2002
      • Hunter College Asian American Studies Program

        2001

Intellectual Contributions

    Essay

    • Basu, L., & Tolmie, J. (2013). The Graphic Memoir in a State of Exception: Transformations of the Personal in Art Spiegelman’s In the Shadow of No Towers (Essay). , University of Mississippi, Press.
    • Basu, L., & Prakash, O. (2011). The Limits of Hybridity in Gautam Malkani’s Londonstani (Essay). , 188-198, New Delhi: Pencraft.
    • Basu, L., Dodgson-Katiyo, P., & Wisker, G. (2010). Mourning and Motherhood: Transforming Loss in Representations of Adivasi Mothers in Mahasweta Devi’s Short Stories (Essay). , 129-147, New York and Amsterdam: Rodopi Press.
    • Basu, L. (2009). Tales of Tibet: Representing Religion and Resistance in Contemporary Fiction and Film (Essay). , 30(1), 302-318.
    • Basu, L. (2008). Uptown Minneapolis: Exploring the Fault Lines of Urban Creative Space (Essay). , 21-24.
    • Basu, L. (2007). The Repetition of Silence: Partition, Rape, and Female Labor in Bapsi Sidhwa’s Cracking India (Essay). , 28(2), 5-26.
    • Basu, L. (2007). Crossing Cultures/Crossing Genres: The Reinvention of the Graphic Memoir in Persepolis and Persepolis 2 (Essay). , 4(3), 1-19.
    • Basu, L. (2001). Taking It to the Streets: The Activist Theatre of Ngugi wa Thiong’o and Safdar Hashmi (Essay). , 13, 40-43.
    • Basu, L. (2000). Gayatri Spivak and Intellectual Activism: A Response to A Critique of Postcolonial Reason (Essay). (3).

    Book

    • Basu, L., & Leenerts, C. (2009). Passage to Manhattan: Critical Essays on Meena Alexander. , East Stroudsburg University, UK: Newcastle upon Tyne Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

    Encyclopedia Article

    • Basu, L., & Huang, G. (2008). Kamila Shamsie. , Westport, CT: Greenwood.
    • Basu, L., & Huang, G. (2008). Meena Alexander. , Westport, CT: Greenwood.
    • Basu, L., & Page, Y. (2007). Michelle Cliff. , Westport, CT: Greenwood.
    • Basu, L., & Sanga, J. C. (2004). Meera Syal. , Westport, CT: Greenwood.
    • Basu, L., & Sanga, J. C. (2004). The Buddha of Suburbia. , Westport, CT: Greenwood.

    Book Review

    • Basu, L. (2006). Review of Feroza Jussawalla’s book of poetry Chiffon Saris. , 4, 102-104.
    • Basu, L. (2005). Review of In the Beginning Is Desire: Tracing Kali’s Footprints in Indian Literature. , 4(2).
    • Basu, L. (2003). Review of Organizing Empire: Individualism, Collective Agency and Empire by Purnima Bose. , 10(2), 116-118.
    • Basu, L. (2002). Review of The Vine of Desire by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. , 23(1), 245-248.

    Interview with Author

    • Basu, L. (2002). The Poet in the Public Sphere: A Conversation with Meena Alexander (Interview with Author). , 72, 31-38.

Presentations

    Uncategorized

    • Basu, L. (January, 2016). Roundtable on South Asian Identity in Post 9/11 America. MLA Convention, Austin, TX, United States.
    • Basu, L. (May 29, 2015). Self-Disclosure and Self-Censorship in Facebook Status Updates. Computers and Writing Conference, Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • Basu, L. (November, 2014). Looking Backward on the Road Ahead in Diversity. National Collegiate Honors Council Conference, Denver, CO, United States.
    • Basu, L. (January 9, 2014). The Nation State and its Unmourned Other: The After – Life of Militancy in Inshallah Kashmir and Chef. MLA Convention, Chicago, IL, United States.
    • Basu, L. (November, 2013). Making the Transition from Honors Program to Honors College. NCHC, New Orleans, LA, United States.
    • Basu, L. (November, 2013). Racial and Ethnic Studies and Global Perspectives: Confronting Silos in Diversity Curriculum for Honors. NCHC, New Orleans, LA, United States.
    • Basu, L. (April 12, 2013). Victims and/or Rebels: Representations of South Asian Muslim Women in 9/11 Novels. Comparative Literature Symposium, Lubbock, TX, United States.
    • Basu, L. (2012). . Spring Recognition Banquet, Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • Basu, L., Stary, W. R., Rodriguez, G., & Hashmi, M. P. (2011). Mothers and Academic: Balancing the Shifts of Work, Motherhood and Me. Mayday Conference, Menomonie, WI.
    • Basu, L., Stary, W. R., Rodriguez, G., & Hashmi, M. P. (2011). Mothers and Academic: Balancing the Shifts of Work, Motherhood and Me. Mayday presentation, Menomonie, WI.
    • Basu, L. (March 28, 2011). The Graphic Memoir in a State of Exception: Transformations of the Personal in Art Spiegelman’s In the Shadow of No Towers. American Literature Association Conference, Boston, MA, United States.
    • Basu, L. (March 26, 2010). Passage to Manhattan: Editing Critical Essays on Meena Alexander. Graduate Center, New York, NY, United States.
    • Basu, L. (December 28, 2009). The Limits of Hybridity in Gautam Malkani’s Londonstani. Modern Language Association’s annual convention, Philadelphia, PA, United States.
    • Basu, L. (November 16, 2008). Mapping Postcolonial Masculinity in Sarnath Banerjee's The Barn Owl’s Wondrous Capers. Mid-West Modern Language Association Annual Convention,
    • Basu, L. (April 5, 2008). Fabulist Fictions: Women in Search of a Home in Shahrnush Parsipur’s Women Without Men. University of Wisconsin Women’ Studies Conference, Green Bay, WI, United States.
    • Basu, L. (December 27, 2007). Mourning and Motherhood: Transforming Loss in Representations of Adivasi Mothers in Mahasweta Devi's Short Stories. South Asian Literary Association Conference, Chicago, IL, United States.
    • Basu, L. (October 13, 2007). Unspoken Terrors: State Sanctioned Violence and Its Victims in the Works of Meena Alexander. South Asia Conference, Madison, WI, United States.
    • Basu, L. (April 21, 2007). Crossing Cultures/Crossing Genres: The Reinvention of the Graphic Novel as Hybrid Memoir in Persepolis. Red River Conference on World Literature, Fargo, ND, United States.
    • Basu, L. (November 11, 2006). Teaching Monsoon Wedding: Arranged Marriage in the Age of Globalization. Mid West Modern Language Association Convention,
    • Basu, L. (April 22, 2006). The Materiality of Motherhood: Interrogating the Nation-State and Female Poverty in Buchi Emecheta’s Novels. Red River Conference on World Literature, Fargo, ND, United States.
    • Basu, L. (April 6, 2006). Racial Violence in Film: Three Urban Landscapes. “Enriching Racial and Ethnic Studies” conference, Milwaukee, WI, United States.
    • Basu, L. (January, 2006). Using Laptops in Honors English. Professional Development Week, Menomonie, WI, United States.
    • Basu, L. (December 29, 2005). Kureishi’s Black Album and the Postcolonial Novel as Public Intervention. MLA Convention, Washington D.C., United States.
    • Basu, L. (October 7, 2005). Memorializing Bhopal: Global Justice, Women and the Nation in Amulya Malladi’s A Breath of Fresh Air. South Asia Conference, Madison, WI, United States.
    • Basu, L. (December 29, 2004). The Hindu Right and the Rhetoric of Feminism: The Fate of Secularism in TheMoor’s Last Sigh. MLA Convention, Philadelphia, PA, United States.
    • Basu, L. (December 27, 2003). Genre and Postcolonial Memory: Maps of Violence in Meena Alexander’s Illiterate Heart and Amitav Ghosh’s The Shadow Lines. South Asian Literary Association Conference, San Diego, CA, United States.

Applied Research

    Directed Student Classroom Project

    • Alyssa Stinson
      Reviewer (2014 - 2015)
    • Megan Verhagen
      Mentor (2014 - 2015)
    • Roy Lindsay
      Mentor (2013 - 2014)

Grants, Contracts, and Sponsored Research

    Grant

    • Basu, L. UW- Stout Curricular Incubation Grant. (Funded).
    • Basu, L. UW Stout CAHSS Summer research grant. (Funded).
    • Basu, L. UW Stout Professional Development Grant. (Funded).
    • Basu, L. UW Milwaukee’s Campus Reading grant. (Funded).
    • Basu, L. UW Stout Professional Development Grant. (Funded).
    • Zagorski, K., & Basu, L. (2007) UW-System Institute on Race and Ethnicity Grant. (Funded).
    • Basu, L. UW Milwaukee’s Institute for Race and Ethnicity’s Campus Reading Seminar grant. (Funded).
    • Basu, L. UW Stout Proposal Writing Cohort Grant. (Funded).
    • Basu, L. UW Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID) grant. (Funded).

Awards, Fellowships, Honors, and Scholarships

    Award

    • Aspire/ Multicultural Services student nominated Award for teaching, Aspire/ Multicultural Services (2011)
    • UW System Outstanding Woman of Color in Education award, UW System (2011)
    • Women’s Caucus of MLA’s Graduate Student Travel Award, (2001)
    • N.S. Pradhan Memorial Gold Medal for Best Candidate in M.A. Previous Examination, University of Delhi (1994)

    Fellowship

    • UW Stout Library Research Fellow, (2011)
    • Provost’s Fellowship for the Center for Place, Culture and Politics, at the CUNY Graduate Center., (2000)
    • Geoffrey Marshall Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities, CUNY Graduate Center (1999)
    • City University of New York Graduate Fellowship, (1995)

    Scholarship

    • University of Delhi M.A. Scholarship, University of Delhi (1992)

Service

    University

      UW Stout

      • Committee Member, Advisory Board, Discovery Center (2014 - Present)
      • Committee Member, Library Advisory Committee (2011 - Present)
      • Faculty Advisor, Prometheus (2011 - Present)
      • Committee Member, University Scholarship Committee (2011 - Present)
      • Committee Member, UW Stout’s Planning and Review Committee (2010 - Present)
      • Co-Chair, Department of English and Philosophy’s Literature Committee (2008 - Present)
      • Committee Member, Strategic Planning Group (2014 - 2016)
      • Representative, CAHSS Faculty Senate (2013 - 2016)
      • Committee Member, Personnel Policies Committee (2013 - 2016)
      • Committee Member, All University Associate Professor Committee (2014 - 2015)
      • Invited Speaker, Chancellor Bob Meyer’s Inaugural (April 2015)
      • Committee Member, Departmental Promotion Committee (2013 - 2014)
      • Committee Member, Executive Committee of Faculty Senate (2013 - 2014)
      • Committee Member, All University Associate Professor Promotion Committee (2013)
      • Facilitator, Engagement Session (2013)
      • Vice-Chair, Search Committee for Dean of College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (2012)
      • Committee Member, Search Committee (2010 - 2011)
      • Committee Member, Staff Committee (2009 - 2011)
      • Vice-Chair, CAHSS Promotion Committee (2010)
      • Committee Member, Hiring Committee (2007 - 2008)
      • Committee Chair, Stout Writing Relays Competition (2007 - 2008)
      • Committee Member, University General Education committee (2007 - 2008)
      • Committee Member, Department Promotion Committee (2006 - 2008)
      • Faculty Advisor, STAND (2006 - 2008)
      • Into the Book discussant, Freshman Opening Week activities (2005 - 2008)
      • Committee Member, University Ethnic Studies committee (2005 - 2008)
      • Committee Member, University Sexual Harassment Education Committee (2005 - 2008)
      • Speaker, Panel on Hunger (March 12, 2008)
      • Organizer, Burma Teach In (November 2007)

    Professional

    • Board of Directors, National Collegiate Honors Council (2013 - Present)
    • Representative, Upper Midwest Honors Council’s Executive Board (2008 - Present)
    • Reviewer, (2005 - Present)
    • Committee Member, UW System Task force on tenure (April 2015)
    • Committee Member, Executive Committee of South Asian Language and Literature (SALL) discussion group of MLA (2005 - 2008)
    • Secretary/Treasurer, South Asian Literary Association (2002 - 2004)

    Community

    • Member, Chippewa Valley Book Festival’s Authors and Events (November 2014 - Present)
    • Moderator, Neillsville Public Library (February 5, 2007)