Professor Nandini Das

Council member – Research England

Period of appointment – three years, from April 2018 to March 2021 and extended to March 2022.

Professor Nandini Das is Professor of Early Modern Literature and Culture at Oxford University, Fellow of Exeter College, and Honorary Professor of English Literature at the University of Liverpool. She studied English at Jadavpur University, India, before coming to the UK as a Rhodes Scholar to read English at University College, Oxford, followed by an MPhil and doctorate at Trinity College, Cambridge.

She works on Renaissance literature and cultural history, with special emphasis on travel and cross-cultural encounters between Europe and Asia in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and has published widely in the fields of travel writing, transculturality, and early modern literary studies. She has undertaken a number of research projects funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Leverhulme Trust, the UK India Education & Research Initiative (UKIERI) and currently leads the Travel, Transculturality and Identity in Early Modern England (TIDE) project, funded by the European Research Council.

She is a long-term member of the Peer Review College of AHRC, and has served on a number of UK research committees and consultations, including AHRC Moderating panels, Global Challenges Research Fund evaluation panels, Strategic Reviewers’ groups, EqUIP and FP9 Consultations, among others. She regularly presents television and radio programmes on her research as an AHRC-BBC New Generation Thinker. She is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Last updated: 10 January 2022

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