UMass Boston

Pratima Prasad

CLA - Dean's Office
Interim Dean and Professor A
Wheatley Hall Floor 2

Areas of Expertise

Colonialism, Romanticism, and nineteenth-century French and Francophone culture


PhD University of Pennsylvania

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Pratima Prasad is Professor of French and Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts (CLA). In Colonialism, Race, and the French Romantic Imagination (2009), she investigates how French Romanticism was shaped by, and contributed to, colonial discourses of race. In her current research, she studies the Indian Ocean as it has been imagined, mythologized, observed, and examined by French and francophone writers of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She has published a scholarly anthology of nineteenth-century novels and short stories about marronnage in the Reunion Island of the Indian Ocean. Her ongoing book project (forthcoming with The Liverpool University Press) uncovers the literary history of the French Indian Ocean during the July Monarchy (1830-1848). In addition to several article-length writings, she has published two co-edited books: first explores the links between the novel and drama in nineteenth-century France; the second is a collection of essays on approaches to teaching George Sand’s Indiana. Notable professional service roles include Book Review Editor for Nineteenth-Century French Studies, Board Member of the Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French, and Vice-President of the George Sand Studies Association.

Professor Prasad has been teaching at the University of Massachusetts Boston since 2002. She has taught classes at all levels of the French program, including introductory and intermediate language courses, literary surveys, and seminars on nineteenth-century culture and French and francophone cinema. She has occupied several leadership roles at UMass Boston, including Chair of the MLLC Department, Associate Dean of CLA, and currently, Interim Dean of CLA.