Nasrin Olla works on 20th/21st Century African and African American diasporic literature. Originally from South Africa, Nasrin completed her undergraduate degree in English Literature and History at the University of Cape Town. She is currently a PhD student in Cornell University’s English program where she focuses on encounters between French/German philosophical traditions, contemporary critical theory and diasporic literatures. At Cornell, she serves as President of the Theory Reading Group (TRG), the founding member of the Hannah Arendt reading group (HAR), the Institute for Comparative Modernity’s ‘Reclaiming Hegel’ and ‘The New Wounded: Trauma Theory Today’ reading group. In 2017/2018 she will take up residence as an A.W. Mellon Graduate Fellow at the Society for the Humanities, Cornell University.
Research and Teaching Interests
African and African American Literature
Black Radical Thought
Critical Theory/ Contemporary Continental Philosophy