Binod Paudyal, PhD

Binod Paudyal Lecturer
Northern Arizona University
Ethnic Studies
Blg SBS West Bldg 70 Rm #100-I
Phone: 928-523-8246


Binod Paudyal is a new faculty member at Northern Arizona University. His research and teaching interests include American ethnic studies, particularly Asian American studies, and transnational and postcolonial studies. He is interested in examining issues of culture, class, gender, ethnicity, race, and (national) identity at the intersections of postcolonial studies and contemporary American ethnic literature, primarily by exploring the ways in which contemporary global conditions and transnational connections have changed the face of American literature and conceptions of American identity.

Dr. Paudyal has published two scholarly articles (with a third currently under review). Currently, he is working to transform his dissertation into a book manuscript, tentatively titled Negotiating Identities: Asian American Literature in the 21st Century. The book monograph investigates new ways of thinking about and understanding the identities in the 21st century, marked by the “global war on terror” and the complex global conditions, in order to expand the historical and geographical scope of Asian American literary studies.

Dr. Paudyal earned MA in American Studies from Utah State University, MA in English from Tribhuvan University, Nepal, and Certification in Postcolonial Studies from School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University. He recently completed his PhD in English (American studies emphasis) from the University of Utah, where he received both the Cosgriff-Dahl Dissertation Fellowship and University Teaching Fellowship
Research and Teaching Interests
Asian American Studies 
American Ethnic Literatures
American Studies
Transnationalism, Cosmopolitanism, and Postcolonial Studies
Research and Publications
Paudyal, Binod. “Reimagining Transnational Identity in Lahiri’s The Namesake.” South Asian Review 36.2 (2015): 195-214. <>

Paudyal, Binod. “Breaking the Boundary: Reading Lahiri’s The Lowland as a Neo-Cosmopolitan Fiction.” Special Issue on “Borders, Boundaries, and Margins.” South Asian Review 36.3 (2015): 15-32. <>

Paudyal, Binod. "The Orient Writes Back: Negotiating Asian American Identity in Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Under review at MELUS.

Work-in-progress: “Paradox of Border Crossing in Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises.”

Work-in-progress: Negotiating Identities: Asian American Literature in the 21st Century.