Curriculum Vitae

Contact Information:

  • Email – pajmera@gradcenter.cuny.edu
  • Twitter – @paramajmera

Education:

  • PhD-in-progress: English
    The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York City
  • Master of Arts: English, 2017
    Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities
    Northeastern University, Boston, MA
  • Bachelor of Arts: English and Economics, 2014
    Denison University, Granville, OH

Research Interests:

  • South Asian American Studies
  • Theories of performance, aesthetics, and archives
  • Digital Humanities

Pedagogic Experience:

  • Workshop Leader, GC Digital Research Institute, The Graduate Center, CUNY (January 2020)
  • Adjunct Professor, English, Brooklyn College, CUNY (August 2018 – May 2019)
  • Consultant, Northeastern University Writing Center (September 2015 – September 2016)
  • Consultant, Denison University Writing Center (August 2013 – May 2014)
  • Writing Associate, Department of English, Denison University (January 2014 – May 2014)

Conference Presentations:

  • “International Student Orientations: The Immigration Act of 1917 and Resistance on Campus,” Modern Language Association Conference, Toronto (Forthcoming, January 2021)
  • “An Education Worth Dying For? A Radical Genealogy of Indian International Students in the U.S.,” Association for Asian American Studies Conference, Washington D.C., (April 2020, cancelled due to COVID-19)
  • “Post-Atlantic Studies, or What do We Mean by Global?” Breaking Through: Textures and Aesthetics of Rupture – The 2018 English Student Association Conference, The Graduate Center, CUNY (March 2018)
  • Moderator, “Portrayals of Ecology/ies through Literature,” Ecologies: the 2017 English Graduate Student Association Conference, Northeastern University (February 2017)
  • “‘I smil’d to my self at the Sight of this Money. O Drug! said I aloud, what art thou good for?’: The Transatlantic Narrative and Representations of the Economic Sphere,” Futures of American Studies Institute, Dartmouth College (June 2016)
  • “The East India Company in the English Imagination (1600-1800),” The Imaginary: the 2016 English Graduate Student Association Conference, Northeastern University (March 2016)

Invited Presentations:

  • “Between Literature and Data: Defoe in the Digital Archive,” Denison University (October 2017)

Digital Humanities Experience:

Grants:

  • Provost’s University Fellowship, The Graduate Center, CUNY (August 2019 – Present)
  • Knickerbocker Award for Archival Research in American Studies, The Graduate Center, CUNY (June 2020)
  • Doctoral Student Research Grant, The Graduate Center, CUNY (August 2020)
  • Graduate Center Fellowship, The Graduate Center, CUNY (August 2017 – May 2019)
  • Provost’s Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship, The Graduate Center, CUNY (June 2019)
  • Advanced Research Collaborative Student Fellowship, The Graduate Center, CUNY (January 2019 – May 2019)
  • Open Pedagogy Fellowship, The Graduate Center, CUNY (January 2019 – May 2019)
  • Provost’s Digital Innovation Training Grant, The Graduate Center, CUNY (June 2018)
  • Dr. Louise Lennihan Arts & Sciences Grant, Futures Initiative, The Graduate Center, CUNY, (February 2018)
  • College of Social Sciences and Humanities Dean’s Scholarship, Northeastern University (September 2015 – May 2017)
  • Departmental Award to attend the Futures of American Studies Institute, Department of English, Northeastern University (June 2016)
  • Betty J. Oestmann Binzel Academic Venture Scholar, Summer Scholar Program, Denison University (May-July 2013)
  • Carl Arvid Anderson Family Scholar, Summer Scholar Program, Denison University (May-July 2012)

Service:

  • Co-Organizer, Sound Studies and Methods Working Group, The Graduate Center, CUNY (September 2020 – Present)
  • Co-Organizer, Digital Archives Research Collective, The Graduate Center, CUNY (September 2019 – Present)
  • Project Coordinator, Early Research Initiative, The Graduate Center, CUNY (August 2019 – September 2019)
  • Co-Leader, American Studies Area Group, The Graduate Center, CUNY (January 2018 – present)
  • Department of English Representative, Dean’s Masters Graduate Student Advisory Group, College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Northeastern University (September 2016 – May 2017)
  • Graduate Peer Mentor, Department of English, Northeastern University (September 2016 – May 2017)
  • Peer International Student Advisor, International Student Services, Denison University (August 2011 – May 2012)
  • Assistant Director – Finance, University Programming Council, Denison University (January – May 2012)
  • Student Representative, University Council, Denison University (August – December 2011)
  • Box Office Attendant, Department of Theatre, Denison University  (August 2010 – May 2012)

Digital Humanities Proficiencies:

  • Technologies of Digital Archiving and Curation
    • TEI and XML
    • Omeka and Neatline
    • WordPress
    • Scalar

Language Skills:

  • English: Fluent
  • Hindi: Fluent