Rukmini Bhaya Nair is a Professor of Linguistics and English at the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi. She received her PhD from Cambridge and has taught at the National University of Singapore and Stanford University. Author of several crossdisciplinary theory books, among them, Lying on the Postcolonial Couch (2002), Narrative Gravity (2003) Poetry in a Time of Terror (2009) and many articles in Indian and international journals, Nair was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Antwerp in 2006. She is editor of Biblio, a leading Indian review journal, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study. She is also an award-winning poet in English (Yellow Hibiscus, 2004) and an experimental novelist (Mad Girl’s Love Song, 2013), about “what happens when cultures collide.” Nair’s creative and critical writings have been included in courses at Harvard University, Oxford University, and the University of Chicago.