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Nasrin Olla

Assistant Professor

Bryan Hall 440

Office Hours: TuTh 9:30AM – 12:30PM & By Appointment
Class Schedule: MW 5:00-6:15
Nasrin Olla is a South African scholar who specializes in African and African diasporic literature. Nasrin completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Cape Town and her PhD in English literature and languages at Cornell University. Nasrin is currently completing her first book project, Reaching for Opacity, which engages with the theme of alterity across a range of contemporary African and African diasporic literature. In 2020, Reaching for Opacity was awarded Cornell University’s Guilford Prize for the best dissertation of the year. Nasrin’s research has been supported by the Mellon Mays Fellowship, the A.W. Mellon Fellowship at the Society for the Humanities, Cornell University, and the Charlotte W. Newcombe Dissertation Completion Fellowship. In 2021, Nasrin was named one of the Top 200 Young South Africans by the Mail & Guardian. For more information please visit Nasrin’s website.
Research and Teaching Interests
African Diasporic & African Literature
Anglophone and Francophone African Thought
Ethics/Critical Theory
Gender Studies/Queer Theory