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 Masood Ashraf Raja
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Masood Ashraf Raja
Associate Professor-English, Director-UNT-NUML Partnership
Contact address   Auditorium Building, 112, 1155 Union Circle #311307, Denton, TX 76203-5017     Office LocationDepartment of English 
Email    Postcolonial Space Postcolonial Space   Cross-Cultural Talk Cross-Cultural Talk   Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan StudiesPakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies   
Keywords * Postcolonialism, Globalization, Cosmopolitanism, Postmodernism, Islam, Pakistan   
Graduate Faculty Membership Status: Full Membership-Permanent   
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 Doctor of PhilosophyEnglish/ Dissertation: Texts of a Nation: The Cultural, Political, and Religious Imaginary of Pakistan.Florida State University2006
 Master of ArtsEnglishBelmont University2002
 Bachelor of ArtsEnglishBelmont University2000
 DiplomaJapanese LanguageNational University of Modern Languages, Pakistan1991
 Bachelor of ArtsEnglish, History, Political SciencePakistan Military Academy1985
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SemesterSubjectCourse NumberSectionCourse NameCalculated Semester Credit HoursSyllabus 
Spring 2014ENGL3924001Women's Literature Download Syllabus
Spring 2014WMST3720001Women's Literature Download Syllabus
Fall 2013ENGL4150001Literary Criticism Download Syllabus
Spring 2012ENGL4150001Literary Criticism Download Syllabus
Fall 2011ENGL4150001Literary Criticism Download Syllabus
Fall 2011ENGL5680001Studies in Global Literature and Culture  
Spring 2011ENGL2323002British Literature 1780 to Present Download Syllabus
Spring 2011ENGL3440001Studies in British Literature 1780 to the Present Download Syllabus
Fall 2010ENGL3913002Topics in World Literature Download Syllabus
Fall 2010ENGL5540001Studies in Twentieth-Century British Literature36Download Syllabus
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Postcolonial Literature and Theory
Research Areas
  • Postcolonial Literature and Theory
  • Globalization and Cosmopolitanism
  • Postmodernism
  • Poetics and Politics of the Muslim World

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Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)RankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2013-PresentAssociate ProfessorEnglishArts and SciencesUniversity of North Texas
2010-2013Assistant ProfessorEnglishArts and SciencesUniversity of North Texas
2006-2010Assistant ProfessorEnglishArts and SciencesKent State University
2002-2006Graduate Teaching AssistantEnglishArts and SciencesFlorida State University
1985-1996Major (Retired)Sind RegimentInfantryPakistan Army
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Duration (YYYY - YYYY)Percentage TeachingPercentage ResearchPercentage Service
toggle toggle Publications
  Type  Publications per page   2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 
  YearPublication  Type
Democratic Criticism and the Importance of Islamic Hermeneutics of Reading in the Twenty-First Century. South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies Vol. 36 (3) 2013: 449-464.
Refereed(Peer reviewed) Journals
Critical Pedagogy and Global Literature: Worldly Teaching. Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

Co-edited with Hillary Stringer and Zach VandeZande
Books Edited
"Muslim Becoming: Aspiration and Skepticism in Pakistan. South Asian History and Culture, Volume, 4 (3) 2013: 427-428
Book reviews
Exclusionary Narratives, Ambivalence, and Humanistic Studies. Journal of English Literary and Linguistic Studies. Vol 1, No 1 2012: 13-20.
Refereed(Peer reviewed) Journals
"Neoliberal Dispositif and the Rise of Fundamentalism: The Case of Pakistan." Journal of International and Global Studies, Vol. 3 (1) 2011: 21-31.
Refereed(Peer reviewed) Journals
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Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)OrganizationPositionClassification
2011-PresentJournal of Postcolonial NetworksMember Editorial BoardRefereed Journal
2011-PresentPalgrave PublishersSeries Editorial Board MemberSeries on Postcolonialism and Religions
2010-PresentSikh Studies: Current PerspectivesManaging EditorRefereed Journal
2010-PresentSikh Studies: Current PerspectivesEditorial Board MemberRefereed Journal
2009-PresentPakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan StudiesEditorRefereed Journal
2009-2012PMLAMember Advisory CommitteeRefereed Journal
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2011The Role of a Humanistic Education in a Globalized WorldKeynote SpeakerHeavy Industries Taxila Education City, Pakistan
2010Pakistan: History and PoliticsKeynote SpeakerAmnesty International, Denton Chapter
2009US Pakistan RelationsKeynote SpeakerThe Franklin Club, Akron
2009Pakistan and AfghanistanKeynote SpeakerOhio Democratic Alliance
2008Jihad in IslamInvited SpeakerBelmont University, Seventh Annual Symposium
2008Pakistan and Three Cups of TeaDiscussion LeaderAkron Peace Group
2006Kent State GED Scholars Annual EventGuest SpeakerKent State GED Scholars
2003Iraq war and IslamGuest SpeakerTallahassee Veterans for Peace
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  Presentations/Projects per page   1  2 3 4 
Start DateEnd DatePresentation/Project
2012 2012 Re-Reading Iqbal | International Conference on Literary Present and the Postcolonial Condition, International Islamic University, Islamabad
 2012 Editing an Academic Journal: Challenges and Possibilities | Conference on “Pakistan, South Asia and Muslim Societies
 2012 Allama Muhammad Iqbal: Poet Philosopher and the Dangers of Appropriation | Texas South Asia Conference
 2011 "Jihad in islam." British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference | Conference Website
 2010 “” First Winter Theory Institute, Society for Critical Exchange, the University of Houston- Victoria
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 Performance Period (YYYY - YYYY or Present)TitleSponsorFundingRoleStatus
2013-2016UNT-NUML PartnershipDepartment of State$1,000,000Principal InvestigatorActive
2009-2010Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan StudiesAmerican Institute of Pakistan Studies$1500.00OtherCompleted
2009MLA Conference PresentationAmerican Insitute of Pakistan Studies$600.00OtherCompleted
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YearAgency/OrganizationField of Expertise
2010Oxford University PressMonograph Review
2010South Asian ReviewSouth Asian Literature
2010Council of Editors of Learned JournalsHorizon Award Judge
2009-12PMLA Advisory CommitteeMiddle Eastern Literature
2009South Asia JournalSouth Asian Studies
2009American Journal of Islamic Social SciencesIslamic Studies
2008-2009Prose StudiesPostcolonial Studies
2008International Journal of Asian Philosophical AssociationAsian Studies
2007Postcolonial TextPostcolonial Studies
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Courses Taught at Kent State University

Directed Independent Studies, Kent State University
  • The postcolonial Novel and the Nation-State, Gaduate, (Ayham Abuzaid), Fall 2009.
  • Research Methods, Graduate, (Hanan Hindi), Fall 2009.
  • Postmodern Fiction, Graduate, (Jason Ellis), Spring 2009.
  • World Literature, Undergraduate, (Anthony Garcia), Spring 2009.
  • Cosmopolitanism and Globalization, Graduate,  (Swaralipi Nandi), Fall 2008.
  • Cosmopolitanism and Globalization, Graduate, (Kolter Kiess and Yufang Lin), Summer 2008.
  • Research Methods, Undergraduate, (Andrew Smith), Spring 2007.

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Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)Student NameClassificationTypeProject/Thesis/Dissertation
2009-PresentYufang LinDirectorGraduate ResearchDissertation
2009-PresentSwaralipi NandiDirectorGraduate ResearchDissertation
2010Kelly McFarland (History)Member (CAS Representative)Graduate ResearchDissertation
2009Kolter KiessDirectorGraduate ResearchMA Thesis
2009Yufang LinDirectorGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingPh.D Exams
2009Swaralipi NandiDirectorGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingPh.D Exams
2008Elizabeth TusseyDirectorUndergraduate ResearchHonors Thesis
2008Andrew SmithDirectorUndergraduate ResearchHonors Thesis
2007Mayuri DekaCommittee MemberGraduate ResearchDissertation
2010David MuradMemberGraduate ResearchPhD Exams
2009Robin BellinsonMemberGraduate ResearchPhD Exams
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Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)CommitteePositionClassification
2011-2012English Department, Victorian Search CommitteeMemberUniversity of North Texas
2010-2011South Asia Peace ConferenceMember, Organizing CommitteeUniversity of North Texas
2010-2010English Department, Creative Writing Search CommitteeMemberUniversity of North Texas
2010-2010UNT Peace Symposium Organizing CommitteeMemberUniversity of North Texas
2010-2010Graduate Admissions CommitteeMemberUniversity of North Texas
2009-2010Education Department Search CommitteeMemberKent State University
2008-2009Graduate Studies CommitteeMemberKent State University
2007-2009, Graduate Literature SubcommitteeMemberKent State University
2007-2008Department Representative AAUP-KSU ChapterDepartment Representative 
2006-2007Undergraduate Literature SubcommitteeMemberKent State University
2006Creative Writing Search CommitteeMember 
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Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)OrganizationPositionClassification
2009-PresentAmerican Institute of Pakistan StudiesMember 
2008-PresentSociety for Critical ExchangeMember 
2006-PresentAmerican Association of University ProfessorsMember 
2004-PresentModern Languages AssociationMember 
2004-PresentAmerican Comparative Literature AssociationMember 
2004-PresentSouth Asian Literary AssociationMember 
2010-2015MLA: South Asia Discussion GroupMember, Executive CommitteeElected Position
toggle toggle Honors and Recognitions
YearTitleHonoring Organization
2007Davis Award for Best DissertationFlorida State University
2006Davis Award for Outstanding Career as a Graduate StudentFlorida State University
2004Program For Instructional Excellence; Outstanding Teaching AwardFlorida State University
2003Bryan Hall Award in Teaching ExcellenceFlorida State University
2002Graduate Writing AwardBelmont University
2002Best Prose Writing Award, September 11 Writing ContestBelmont Literary Journal
toggle toggle Professional Community Engagement
YearOrganizationRoleType of Service
2011-PresentPakistani Students AssociationFaculty Advisor 
2009-2010Pakistani Student Association, Kent State UniversityFaculty Advisor 
2009Akron International FriendshipExecutive Board MemberWorking with International Students
2008Kent Student Book BankFaculty Advisor 
2007May 4th Peace Conference, Kent State UniversityMember, Steering CommitteeEnglish Department Representative
2006-2010Consortium of Universities for Research and Graduate Education, Kent State UniversityMember, Steering CommitteeLiaison with Pakistani Universities
toggle toggle Selected Citations
  • Barrett, Kevin. Conrad's Islamic shadow. Veterans Today. July 2013.
  • Cilano, Cara. Contemporary Pakistani Fiction in English: Idea, Nation, State. Routledge, 2013.
  • Ahmed, Rehana, Peter Morey and Amina Yaqin (eds). Culture, Diaspora, and Modernity in Muslim Writing (Routledge Research in Postcolonial. Routledge, 2012.
  • Mansoor, Asma. "Post 9/11 Identity Crisis in H.M Naqvi's Home Boy." Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies [Online], 4.2 (2012): 8-44. Web. 8 Oct. 2012.
  • ---. The Notes of a New Harp: Re-Carving the self in Contemporary Pakistani Poetry in English. Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies, 2012.
  • Nandi, Swaralipi. "Reading Qurratulain Hyder's River of Fire Against the Rhetoric of Radical Hindu Nationalism." Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Vol. 14 (2) 2012: 279-297.
  • Hyder, AA. "United States' Strategy and Strategic Partnerships - Understanding Others' Perspective." ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA, 2011.
  • MAJ William D. Chesher . Understanding the Influence of the Pakistani Government in South Asia.  School of Advanced Military Studies, United States Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas 2010
  • Coldfield, Anna C. "Confusion in the Universe: Conflict and Narrative in Qurratulain Hyder's River of Fire. The Annual of Urdu Studies, Vol. 25 (2010)
  • Bernardo Michael. Review of Chester, Lucy P., Borders and Conflicts in South Asia: The Radcliffe Boundary Commission and the Partition of Punjab. H-Asia, H-Net Reviews. October, 2010.
  • Wicket, Sticky. "Political Apathy Crosses all Racial & Ethnic Barriers: Obama, President of this Nation, not just Minority Groups." USA Riseup, 7/27/2010.
  • Barnard, Ian. "The Difficulties of Teaching Non-Western Literature in the United States. Radical Teacher, Issue 87, Spring 2010: 44-54.
  • Belmekki, Belkacem. "Rationale for the Indian Muslims' Philosophy of Loyalism to British Colonial Rule in the Nineteenth Century. " Atenea, Vol. 27 (1) 2007: 41-52.
  • Nagarajan, M. S. "Evaluating and Enigma." The Hindu, April 4, 2006.
  • MC Monteiro - F2005 - Editora CaetésCorigurações do feminino nas manifestações literárias, pos colonizados na fábula gótica de The Unbelonging.

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Masood Ashraf Raja
Author of Constructing Pakistan (Oxford UP), Dr. Masood Ashraf Raja is an Assistant Professor of Postcolonial Literature and Theory and the editor of Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies.

Dr. Raja specializes in politics of the Islamic world, issues of Islamic radicalism, and US relations with the Muslim world with a specific focus on Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Middle East.

Dr. Raja moved from Pakistan, his native country, to America in 1996 after ten years of military service as an officer in the Pakistan army. Raja hopes to foster a better understanding between the people of his primary culture and the rest of the world through his writings, teaching assignments, and through public intellectual exchanges. He is currently working on his second book, entitled Secular Fundamentalism: Poetics of Incitement and the Muslim Sacred.


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Websites and Blogs
Postcolonial Space
Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies
The Pakistan Forum (Multiauthor Blog)

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