Satya P. Mohanty

Graduate Faculty Member

University of Illinois, Ph.D.
University of Illiniois, A.M.
University of Delhi, M.A.
University of Delhi, B.A.
Satya P. Mohanty


Satya P. Mohanty was born in Orissa, India, and was educated in India and the United States. His work in literary criticism and theory has focused on issues that are shaped by his bi-cultural background and his commitment to a vision of culture as “a field of moral inquiry” (on this view of culture, see chapter 7 of Literary Theory and the Claims of History). Succinct statements of his current and past research projects can be found in the following interviews:  “Thinking Across Cultures” (2008) and "From Indian Literature to World Literature" (2012).

Mohanty is one of the founders of the “Future of Minority Studies (FMS) Research Project,” a think-tank that includes over 350 scholars from colleges and universities in North America and beyond. For FMS researchers, “minority” groups include those whose access to social institutions is restricted because of their group identities, based on such factors as race, gender, sexuality, class, and disability. Since 2005 Mohanty has served as Director of the FMS Summer Institute, which has been funded through two three-year grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Literary and Cultural Theory
  • Literature and Ethics
  • Colonial and Postcolonial Studies
  • The Novel
  • South Asian Literature
  • Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Comparative Modernities

Current Projects

  • Book: Thinking Across Cultures (forthcoming from Duke University Press)
  • [Ed.] Colonialism, Modernity, Literature: A View from India (published March 2011)
  • Co-edited Volume: The Subaltern “Mahabharata”
  • Co-edited Volume: The Future of Diversity: Academic Leaders on American Higher Education (published June 2010)