Anjuli F. Raza Kolb

2017 Hellman Fellow

Assistant Professor of English
Williams College

Anjuli Raza Kolb’s Hellman Fellowship will help fund the completion of her first book, Epidemics of Terror: Health, Horror, and Politics after Colonialism. The manuscript explores how the concepts of anticolonial violence and contagious disease emerge together in colonial and postcolonial writing, both literary and administrative. Raza Kolb’s goal is to show how the rhetorical practice of connecting anticolonial violence to epidemics, especially in Islamic areas, came about in the high colonial period in the British and French empires, and persisted through decolonization into the present day’s representations of postcolonial “failed states.” In addition to contributing to the burgeoning fields of medical humanities and cultural histories of science, Epidemics of Terror is one of the first book-length studies of terrorism in literary scholarship, and it offers a critical new framework for postcolonial theory in the age of globalization and neoimperialism.

Raza Kolb’s fellowship will cover her planned research trip to Emory University, where she will investigate the Salman Rushdie papers, which are held there. The fellowship will also pay for a professional indexer.

Raza Kolb was awarded a fall 2017 visiting fellowship at the CUNY Graduate Center’s Committee on Globalization and Social Change. While in residence, she intends to complete and workshop the final framing sections of her book. She will also edit the manuscript.