Srinivas Aravamudan has taught at the University of Utah, and at the University of Washington. He joined the Duke English Department in the Fall of 2000. He specializes in eighteenth century British and French literature and in postcolonial literature and theory. He is the author of essays in Diacritics, ELH, Social Text, Novel and other venues. His study, Tropicopolitans: Colonialism and Agency, 1688-1804 (1999, Duke University Press) won the first book prize of the Modern Language Association in 2000.
He has also edited Slavery, Abolition and Emancipation: Writings of the British Romantic Period: Volume VI Fiction (1999, Pickering and Chatto). His book, Guru English: South Asian Religion in Cosmopolitan Contexts will be published by Princeton University Press in 2004. He is working on a book-length study of the eighteenth-century French and British oriental tale. He is also editing for classroom use William Earle's antislavery romance, entitled Obi: or, The History of Three-Fingered Jack.