Tanvi Patel is the Assistant Director of the Writing Center and Adjunct Faculty in the English Department at California Lutheran University. She earned BAs in English and Economics from the University of California Los Angeles, a Masters of Fine Arts in Poetry from San Diego State University and an MA/Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Washington.
In her 10-year teaching history at the University of Washington, the University of California, Merced, and California Lutheran University, Dr. Patel has taught a range of courses including composition, creative writing, cultural studies, film and literature, writing in the arts, interdisciplinary studies, and her main focus of South Asian literature. Most recently, Dr. Patel has taught “A Literary Cartography of Mumbai,” a course exploring modern developments in politics, religion, crime, society and culture in Mumbai as represented in South Asian literature and cinema; “Unmaking the British Empire,” a course on the Indian Independence movement and the end of the British Raj; and “International Crime Fiction,” a course highlighting differences between crime narratives written by racially and nationally diverse authors. She loves investigating and antagonizing literature’s most unexpected and unconventional works with students. In 2009, she received the Panhellenic and IFC Associations Teaching Award for “Favorite Teacher in the College of Arts & Science,” at the University of Washington.
Dr. Patel’s avid interest in learning through travel began when she has studied Romantic poets in Grasmere, England; participated in a creative writing program in Rome, Italy; and conducted intensive Hindi language study in Mussoorie, India, where she was a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow. Now, she brings that enthusiasm to her scholarship and coursework. Her research focuses on international crime fiction, post-colonial studies, and travel narratives from her native India. Her scholarship appears in Red. Magazine, Parnassus, and an upcoming issue of the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies. After an exhilarating and enriching experience teaching and traveling to fifteen countries on Semester at Sea’s Fall 2014 voyage, she very much looks forward to setting sail again in Spring 2017.