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Dr. Rukmini Pande

Dr. Rukmini Pande

Associate Professor, Literary Studies and Writing

B.A. (English Literature) Sophia College Mumbai; M.A (English Literature) Delhi University;

MPhil (English Literature) Jawaharlal Nehru University;

PhD (Literary and Cultural Studies) University of Western Australia.


Dr. Rukmini Pande is an Associate Professor in Literary Studies at O.P Jindal Global University, India. She is currently part of the editorial board of the Journal of Fandom Studies as well as Mallorn: The Journal of Tolkien Studies. She has been published in multiple edited collections including the Wiley Companion to Media Fandom and Fan Studies and The Routledge Handbook of Popular Culture Tourism. She has also been published in peer reviewed journals such as Transformative Works and Cultures and The Journal for Feminist Studies. Her monograph, Squee From The Margins: Race in Fandom, was published in 2018 by the University of Iowa Press. Her latest edited collection, Fandom, Now In Color: A Collection of Voices, brings together cutting-edge scholarship on race/ism in fandom. It was published at the end of 2020 by the University of Iowa Press.
Digital Humanities, Popular Culture, Postcolonial Digital Cultures, Fan Studies, Critical Race Studies.


  • Pande, Rukmini (ed). 2020. Fandom, Now in Color: A Collection of Voices Fandom and Culture. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press 
  • Pande Rukmini. 2018. Squee From The          Margins: Fandom and Race. Fandom and      Culture. Iowa City: University of Iowa            Press.

Journal Articles:

  • Pande, Rukmini, and Samira Nadkarni. 2016. “I Will Tell Your Story: New Media Activism and the Indian Rape Crisis.” Journal of Feminist Scholarship11.
  • Pande, Rukmini, and Swati Moitra. 2017. “Yes, the Evil Queen Is Latina!: Racial Dynamics of Online Femslash Fandoms.” Edited by Julie Levin Russo and Eve Ng. Transformative Works and Cultures24.
  • Pande, Rukmini, Katherine Larsen, Mel Stanfill, Richard McCulloch, William Proctor, Bridget Kies, and Bertha Chin. 2018. “On Toxic Fan Practices: A Round-Table.” Participations15 (1): 370–93.
  • Pande, Rukmini. 2020. “How (Not) to Talk a about Race: A Critique of Methodological Practices in Fan Studies.” In “Fan Studies Methodologies,” edited by Julia E. Largent, Milena Popova, and Elise Vist, special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 33.

Book chapters:

  • Pande, Rukmini. 2019. “I Protest! A Postcolonial Critique of Media Fan Activism in A Globalized World.” In Consumer Identities: Agency, Media and Digital Culture, 159–72. Bristol, UK: Intellect.
  • Pande, Rukmini, and Samira Nadkarni. 2019. “Hannibal And The Cannibal: Tracking Colonial Imaginaries.” In Becoming: Essays on NBC’s Hannibal, edited by EJ Nielsen and Kavita Mundan Finn. Syracuse University Press.
  • Pande, Rukmini. 2018. “‘Who Do You Mean by “Fan”?’ Decolonizing Media Fandom Identity.” In A Companion To Fandom and Fan Studies, edited by Paul Booth, 417-34. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Pande, Rukmini. 2018. “‘I Went to India to Find Myself:’ Tracing World Cinema’s Neoliberal Orientalisms.” In The Routledge Handbook of Popular Culture and Tourism, edited by Christine Lundberg and Vassilios Ziakas. Oxford: Routledge.
  • Pande, Rukmini. 2018. ““You Do Realize The Lion King Is Set in Africa Right?’ Utilizing Fan Studies to Teach Race/Racism in the University Classroom.” In Fandom as Classroom Practice, edited by Katherine Anderson Howell. Fandom and Culture. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press.
  • Pande, Rukmini, and Cait Coker. 2018. “Not So Star-Spangled: Examining Race, Privilege, and Problems in MCU’s Captain America Fandom.” In The Darker Side of Slash Fan Fiction: Essays on Power, Consent and the Body, edited by Ashton Spacey, 97–115. North Carolina: McFarland.
  • Pande, Rukmini. 2018. “It’s Just a Joke! The Payoffs and Perils of Micro-Celebrity in India.” In Microcelebrity Around the Globe, edited by Crystal Abidin and Megan Lindsay Brown. Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing.
  • Pande, Rukmini. 2016. “Squee From The Margins: Racial/Cultural/Ethnic Identity in Global Media Fandom.” In Seeing Fans, edited by Paul Booth and Lucy Bennett, 209–20. New York: Bloomsbury.
  • Pande, Rukmini, and Samira Nadkarni. 2013. “A Land Where Other People Live.” In Fic: Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World, edited by Anne Jamison, 342–52. Dallas, Texas: BenBella Books, Inc.
  • Introduction to Literary Studies
  • Communication Skills
  • Cybercultures, New Media, and Digital Cultures