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Originally from South Africa, Nasrin Olla specializes in African diasporic literature, postcolonial criticism, and continental philosophy. Nasrin completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Cape Town and her PhD in English literature and languages at Cornell University. Nasrin is currently a Visiting Scholar at Brown University. At Brown, she is working on her first book project, Reaching for Opacity: Philosophies of Diversity, which engages anew with the theme of alterity across a range of contemporary Afro-diasporic literature. In 2020, Reaching for Opacity was awarded Cornell University’s Guilford Prize for the best dissertation of the year. Nasrin’s research has been supported by the Mellon Mays Fellowship, the A.W. Mellon Fellowship at the Society for the Humanities, Cornell University, and the Charlotte W. Newcombe Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Research and Teaching Interests

African Diasporic Literature

Ethics/Critical Theory/Contemporary Continental Philosophy

Gender Studies/Queer Theory