Akhila Ramnarayan is an independent literary scholar and theatre artist who served as assistant professor of postcolonial studies at the University of Dayton’s Department of English (2005-2011). She has worked extensively with students, researchers, and writers across academic disciplines and genres on curricular development in the humanities and the arts. She completed her PhD on Tamil literature and marumalarcci during the nationalist period, specifically Kalki Ra Krishnamurti’s historical romances, at the Ohio State University (2006). Dr Ramnarayan has performed lead roles with JustUs Theatre Repertory in Chennai since 2008. She is the 2013-2014 recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar for theatre (acting), and has scripted a number of Sahrdaya Foundation productions including Krishna Bharatam (2009), Pravaha (2013), Yathadarshe Tathaatmani (2014) and Don Quixote (2015).