Aliya Ram


Aliya Ram is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature and the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities at Princeton. Her work explores the relationships between aesthetic innovation, subject formation and coercive social bonds, and she is writing her dissertation on experiments with literary address in twentieth century fiction and poetry from South Asia and the anglophone and francophone Caribbean. Aliya works with materials in Hindi, Urdu, French and English and has translated between these languages. She also knows Chinese, Spanish and basic Sanskrit. Her academic work has been published by Critical Inquiry and Comparative Literature Studies, and is forthcoming in English Literary History. Before graduate school, Aliya worked for five years as a news reporter at the Financial Times, where her reporting on technology was shortlisted for the British Press Awards and British Journalism awards. Her journalism has also appeared in the Washington Post, the BBC, The Guardian and The Wire. Aliya writes fiction and poetry, which is represented by the Creative Artists Agency. She received her B.A. (Hons) in English Literature, with a paper in French, from the University of Cambridge.