Leela Gandhi is Professor of English at the University of Chicago. She received her DPhil and MPhil from the University of Oxford, and has previously taught at the University of Delhi and La Trobe University. She has held visiting professorships in Australia, Denmark, India, Italy and Iran. Her publications include Postcolonial Theory: A Critical Introduction (1998), the co-authored, England Through Colonial Eyes in Twentieth Century Fiction (2001), Measures of Home: Selected Poems (2000), Affective Communities: Anticolonial Thought, Fin de Siècle Radicalism, and the Politics of Friendship (2006). Her new book The Common Cause: Postcolonial Ethics and the Practice of Democracy, 1900-1955, about the confluence of democracy and ethics at the scene of early twentieth-century anti-colonialism and anti-fascism, is forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press in the spring of 2014.
At Chicago Leela Gandhi is senior faculty fellow on the Committee of Southern Asian Cultures and Societies and the Chicago Centre for Contemporary Theory. Her graduate courses deal with radical ethics, postcolonial theory, philosophy and literature. For undergraduates she teaches courses on Anglophone literature, anticolonial thought, and transnational literary and critical theory. Leela Gandhi is a founding co-editor of the journal Postcolonial Studies and editorial board member of Postcolonial Text. She is a Senior Fellow of the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University.