Jaishree Kak Odin

Professor & Director

Jaishree Kak Odin’s current areas of teaching and research include cultural studies of science and technology, political ecology, and humanities’ voices in sustainability studies.

Odin has extensively worked on new-media literature, literary ecology, and postcolonial literature. She has published a book on new-media literature Hypertext and the Female Imaginary (University of Minnesota Press). A book chapter on new-media literature appeared in Women, Art and Technology (MIT Press). Her essays have been published  in GenreElectronic Book ReviewIowa Review Web, Modern Fiction Studies, Arts Wire Current, Postcolonial Theory and Criticism WebStudies in Humanities and Social Sciences, Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies, and Comparative Literature Studies. She has also contributed entries to the Encyclopedia of Literature and Science  

In addition, Odin has worked on the intersections of new technologies and their impact on higher education. Her essays on new technologies and pedagogy have appeared in academic journals and conference proceedings–Educational Perspectives,  Active Learning, Proceedings of Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications, and Proceedings of WebNet , and Globalization and Higher Education (UH Press).

Another area of Odin’s research has been medieval literature from the Himalayan region. She has published an original translation and study of a famous  poet Lalla that appeared as To the Other Shore: Lalla’s Life and Poetry (Vitasta Publishers) and Mystical Verses of Lalla (MLBD Pub) Another translation project, funded by a Senior Fulbright Research Fellowship, was published as Lalla to Nuruddin: Rishi-Sufi Poetry of Kashmir, (MLBD Pub). A book chapter on this topic was published in The Valley of Kashmir: The Making and Unmaking of a Composite Culture (Manohar). Other essays have appeared in the Aligarh Journal of Islamic Philosophy, Manushi, and La Revue de l’Inde. She has also contributed to the Holy People of the World: A Cross-Cultural Encyclopedia, ed. Phyllis G. Jessica. ABC-Clio; and  Brill Encyclopaedia of  Hinduism, ed. Knut A. Jacobsen, Brill Pub.

Education

Ph.D. in comparative literature from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

M.Sc. in chemistry from India.

Current Research

Humanities Voices in Sustainability Studies

Awards and Grants

  • 2016 NEH Award: Summer Institute for College and University Faculty: “Humanities and Sustainability” held at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff.
  •  Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship. Research on Rishi Sufi poetry in India.
  • UH Research Relations Award. Research on Rishi-Sufi project in India.
  • Alfred Sloan Foundation Award to develop  IS 331: Science and Culture course.
  • University of Hawaii Assessment Fund . Principal Investigator of the Liberal Studies Program Assessment project.
  • Alfred Sloan Foundation Grant: Co-principal investigator and project director of UH Manoa’s Sloan Foundation grant proposal University of Hawaii’s Asynchronous Learning Network.
  • Alfred Sloan Foundation Grant: Principal investigator to develop an online course..
  • NEH Award: Summer Institute for College and University Faculty: “Literature in Transition: The Impact of Information Technologies on Literature,” held at UCLA.
  •  University of Hawaii Research Relations Award to do research in India on the fourteenth century north Indian poet Lalla.

Odin has served as a peer reviewer for Fulbright Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Alfred Sloan Foundation, and National Endowment for the Humanities.