Ranjana Khanna

Ranjana Khanna

Professor of Literature

External address: 
304GH Allen Bldg, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Duke Box 90015, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 668-2548
Office Hours: 
Tuesday & Thursday 1:40 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.

Ranjana Khanna is Professor of English, Women's Studies, and the Literature Program at Duke University. She works on Anglo- and Francophone Postcolonial theory and literature, and Film, Psychoanalysis, and Feminist theory. She has published widely on transnational feminism, psychoanalysis, and postcolonial and feminist theory, literature, and film. She is the author of Dark Continents: Psychoanalysis and Colonialism (Duke University Press, 2003) and Algeria Cuts: Women and Representation 1830 to the present (Stanford University Press, 2008.) She has published in journals like Differences, Signs, Third Text, Diacritics, Screen, Art History, positions, SAQ, Feminist Theory, and Public Culture. Her current book manuscripts in progress are called: Asylum: The Concept and the Practice and Technologies of Unbelonging.


  • Ph.D., University of York (United Kingdom) 1993
  • B.A., University of York (United Kingdom) 1988

Khanna, R. “Signatures of the Impossible.” Duke Journal of Law and Gender Policy, 2004.

Khanna, R. “Latent Ghosts and the Manifesto.” Art History: Journal of the Association of Art Historians, vol. 26, Apr. 2003, pp. 244–86.

Khanna, R. “Baya (translation).” Art History: Journal of the Association of Art Historians, vol. 26, Apr. 2003, pp. 287–287.

Khanna, R. “Le Combat de Baya (translation).” Art History: Journal of the Association of Art Historians, vol. 26, Apr. 2003, pp. 288–89.

Khanna, R. “Frames, contexts, community, justice.” Diacritics, vol. 33, no. 2, Jan. 2003, pp. 11–41. Scopus, doi:10.1353/dia.2005.0022. Full Text

Khanna, R. “Taking a stand for Afghanistan: Women and the left.” Signs, vol. 28, no. 1, 2002, pp. 464–65. Wos-lite, doi:10.1086/340873. Full Text

Khanna, R. The Ambiguity of Ethics: Specters of Colonialism. Edited by Elisabeth Bronfen and Misha Kavka, Columbia UP, Jan. 2001.

Khanna, R. “Review of Emily Apter’s Continental Drift: From National Characterisitics to Virtual Subjects.” (U of Chicago P 1999), Mlq, vol. 61, Dec. 2000, pp. 692–95.

Khanna, R. “Continental Drift: From National Characters to Virtual Subjects.” Modern Language Quarterly, vol. 61, no. 4, Duke University Press, Dec. 2000, pp. 692–96. Crossref, doi:10.1215/00267929-61-4-692. Full Text

Khanna, R. “Cartographies of Scholarship.” Area & International Studies Curriculum: Integration Book, Feminist Press, Jan. 2000.