Assistant Professor of English and Asian and Pacific Islander American Studies
Rodney Benedito Ferrão, Assistant Professor of English and Asian and Pacific Islander American Studies, obtained his Ph.D. at Birkbeck College, University of London. After serving as a lecturer at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Goa, he held a research fellowship at La Trobe University, in Melbourne. He joined the W&M faculty in 2014 as a Mellon Faculty Fellow in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and then as a Visiting Assistant Professor in 2016. His research explores Afro-Asiatic connections between Portuguese and British post/coloniality, as well as diaspora and transnational fiction with a focus on race, gender, and sexuality. He will teach courses on transnational Asian-American literature, the interpretation of literature, and an introduction to Asian and Pacific Islander American studies.