Caitlin Charos


Caitlin joined the department in 2011 after having received her B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania (2007, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and her M.A. in Cultures of Empire, Resistance, and Postcoloniality from the University of York (2008, First Honors). Her research interests include postcolonial literature with a focus on literatures from Africa, contemporary literature and culture, gender and sexuality, and race and ethnicity. Her dissertation, Writing Out of Place, explores memory, affect, race, and the recursive pull of place on the diasporic literary imagination in contemporary novels by South African emigrants.

Caitlin served the university as an Administrative Fellow in the Office of Undergraduate Research during the 2017-2018 academic year. She has represented the English department in several different capacities, co-chairing the Graduate Action Committee (GAC) from 2012-2014 and the Postcolonial Colloquium from 2013-2014. Caitlin also served as a member of the Working Group for Graduate Issues (WGGI) from 2012 to 2014. In the 2013-2014 academic year, she acted as the Graduate Coordinator for the Center of African American Studies Faculty-Graduate Seminar.

Honors and Awards:

McCosh Teaching Award (AY 2017-2018)

Caitlin’s research will be supported by the Mellon-Sawyer Dissertation Completion Fellowship in the 2018-2019 academic year.


Precept Instructor, ENG 308: “American Cinema” (Fall 2017)

Precept Instructor, AAS 223/ENG 325: “Literature, Food, and the American Racial Diet” (Spring 2014)

Precept Instructor, ENG 206: “Reading Literature: Fiction” (Spring 2013)

Selected Publications

States of Shame: South African Writing After Apartheid.Safundi: The Journal of Southern African and American Studies 10.3 (July 2009): 273-304.

“‘The end of an error: Transition and Post-Apartheid Play” in Ivan Vladislavić’s The Restless Supermarket.Safundi: The Journal of Southern African and American Studies 9.2 (January 2008): 23-38.