Specializes in mass market romance fiction and mainstream Indian cinema.

President of the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance.


Ph.D. English, University of Minnesota, 2008.

M.A. English, University of Pune, 2000.


Other Publications


Creating Identity: The Popular Romance Heroine’s Journey to Selfhood and Self-Presentation. Indiana University Press, 2023.


Making Meaning in Popular Romance Fiction: An Epistemology. Palgrave, 2014.


“Romantic Fantasies: How the Media Constructs its Own Romance Novel” in the edited collection Research Companion to Popular Romance Fiction, forthcoming (Routledge August 2020).


“When Wuxia Met Romance: The Pleasures and Politics of Transculturalism in Sherry Thomas’s My Beautiful Enemy,” Special Issue for the Journal of Popular Romance Studies. Spring 2020.

“From Barbarized to Disneyfied: Vieiwing 1990s New York City Through Eve Dallas, J.D. Robb’s Futuristic Homicide Detective” in forum for inter-American research, 10.1: May 2017.

“All Work or All Play: Indian Consumerism, Leisure, and Ethics Under Globalization in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara” at South Asian Popular Culture, 13.1: Apr. 2015.

“What’s Love Got to Do With It? In Romance Novels, Everything!” Oklahoma Humanities Council Magazine. February 2015.

“How to Tame a Dragon: Ten Years After A Natural History of the Romance Novel.” Journal of Popular Romance Studies, 3.2: 2013.

“The Globalized Avatar of the Hindi Cinema Hero: Hrithik Roshan’s ‘Double Role’ in Kaho Naa…Pyaar Hai/Say That You Love [Me] (2000).” Film International, 10.4-5: 2012.

“Tempted by the Big Apple: The Fantasy of Western Spaces in Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna.” Studies in South Asian Film and Media, 3.1: 2012.

Essays in edited collections:

“Branding a Genre: A Brief Trans-Atlantic History of Romance Novel Cover Art.” Essay in the collection Romance Fiction and American Culture: Love as the Practice of Freedom? Ed. William Gleason and Eric Selinger, Ashgate/Taylor and Francis, Feb. 2016.

“Patriotism, Passion, and PTSD: The Critique of War in Popular Romance Novels” in New Approaches to Popular Romance Fiction. Ed. Sarah Frantz and Eric Selinger. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2012.

“Female Enfranchisement and the Popular Romance: An Indian Perspective” in Empowerment Versus Oppression: 21st Century Views of Popular Romance Novels. Ed. Sally Goade. London: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007.


Love and War: How Militarism Shapes Sexuality and Romance (Tom Digby 2014) in the Journal of Popular Romance Studies (http://jprstudies.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/RLAW.03.2019.pdf)

Blog Posts


    Mellon/ACLS Fellowship (2021-2022): “BIPOC Writers, Editors, and Novels: The Missing Chapters in the Story of Mass-Market Romance”

    CUNY Black, Race, and Ethnic Studies Initiative (BRESI) Fellowship (2023): “Exploring (Magazine) Issues of BIPOC Love: American Periodical Fiction’s Influence on Mass-Market Romance Novels in the 1970s-1980s.”

    “Romance for Change: Diversity, Intersectionality and Affective Reparation in Contemporary Romantic Narrative” research Seminar at the University of the Balearic Islands (funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science)


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