Sarika Chandra

Sarika Chandra

Associate Professor

Sarika Chandra

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

Globalization Studies, Twentieth and Twenty-First Century American Studies, Race and Ethnic Studies, Comparative Racialization, Critical Theory, Environmental and Food Politics.


My current research maps the relationship between race and capitalism. I am at work on two projects. The first, Race After Representation situates questions of race in the U.S. within a broader global context and attempts to rethink race and antiracism outside of a nationalist framework. The second, Race and Capital, co-authored with Chris Chen, retheorizes the political economy of comparative US racial formation. Historicizing dominant understandings of race, this book-length study traces several persistent impasses in the analysis of race.

Selected publications


Totality Inside Out: Rethinking Crisis and Conflict Under Capital.
Co-Edited with Kevin Floyd and Jen Hedler Phillis. Fordham University Press, 2022.

Dislocalism: The Crisis of Globalization and the Remobilizing of Americanism. The Ohio State University Press, 2011.


"Remapping the Race/Class Problematic." (Co-authored with Chris Chen). Totality Inside Out: Rethinking Crisis and Conflict Under Capital. Eds. Kevin Floyd, Jen Phillis and Sarika Chandra. Fordham University Press, 2022.

"Narrative Possibilities in Ruth Ozeki’s My Year of Meats." McCorry S., Miller J. (eds.) Literature and Meat Since 1900. Palgrave, 2019.

“From Fictional Capital to Capital as Fiction: Globalization and the Intellectual Convergence of Business and the Humanities.” Cultural Critique, Fall 2010.

“Producing a Nationalist Literature in the Age of Globalization: Reading (Im)migration in Julia Alvarez’s How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents.” American Quarterly, September 2008.

Currently teaching

ENG 5090 Theories of Race
ENG 3090 Introduction to Cultural Studies

Courses taught

ENG 5595 Global Migration Literature, ENG 5490 Native American and Indigenous Studies, ENG 3090 African American Literature, ENG 7045 Race and Ethnic Studies, ENG 5090 Environmental Studies, ENG 7043 Theorizing America in a Global Economy, ENG 8005 Imperialism/Anti-Imperialism, ENG 7034 Globalization in Crisis, 8001 Globalization and Anticolonialism, ENG 3090 Introduction to Cultural Studies, ENG 2450 Global Literature/Culture, ENG 3140 American Literature After 1865