Clara Joseph

  • Professor

Professional Description

Clara A.B. Joseph is associate professor of English at the University of Calgary with specialization in postcolonial studies, literary theory, and literature and ethics. Her book The Agent in the Margin was supported by the Aid to Scholarly Publications Program and published by Wilfrid Laurier UP (2008); her articles have appeared in journals such as English Studies in Canada, World Englishes, and Research in African Literatures. She co-edited Global Fissures: Postcolonial Fusions (Rodopi, 2006), Theology and Literature: Rethinking Reader Responsibility (Palgrave MacMillan, 2006), and two journal special issues of World Literature Written in English (2002-2003) on postcolonial studies.

She is on the editorial boards of ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature and the Journal of Postcolonial Writing. She coordinates the inter-disciplinary Postcolonial Studies Research Group at the University of Calgary.

Teaching and Supervision

Graduate Teaching and Supervision:

Dr. Joseph is winner of a 2012 Students' Union Teaching Excellence Award.  She has often been nominated for Graduate Supervisory and Teaching awards. She helps Graduate and Undergraduate students regularly with planning proposals for admissions, grant applications, and professionalization in general. Some of the graduate students have published in peer-refereed academic journals. This is what a student had to say about her teaching on a USRI: “Dr. Joseph goes out of her way to help students as much as possible in all areas, such as advice about scholarships and thesis topics. She pushes her students very hard, and the result is excellence for all.”

Dr. Joseph has supervised to timely and successful completion six BA Honours theses, four MA theses, and two PhD dissertation theses. Undergraduate students she mentored have gone on to win SSHRC grants and admission to graduate studies at prestigious universities.

Dr. Joseph’s classes highlight the relevance that literature and theory have for issues of universal Justice. Her teaching methodology, in general, involves lectures (accompanied by cool powerpoint presentations) and in-class and on-line discussions. Students who attend her classes have testified to having gained critical and communication skills and, even more, an enthusiasm for the subject on account of its relevance for their own ambitions and passions.

She will be interested in meeting with students who wish to work with her in the areas of Ethics and Literary or Cultural Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Literary and Cultural Theory, Globalization, Religion and Literary/Cultural Studies, Feminism, South Asian Literature/Culture, Literatures in English or in Translation from India, Diasporic Literatures, etc.



Book Chapter

Edited Book

Journal Article

Journal Articles - Peer Reviewed

Research Groups

  • Ethics and Political Philosophy Research Group
  • Postcolonial Studies Research Group
  • Ethics and Political Philosophy Research Group
  • Postcolonial Studies Research Group



  • 2012 - Teaching Excellence Award - Students' Union
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