Skip Navigation
Dr. Mohanalakshmi (Mohana) Rajakumar

Dr. Mohanalakshmi (Mohana) Rajakumar

Visiting Instructional Assistant Professor (English)

Office Number: 329H
Office Phone:


Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar is a scholar, novelist, and screenwriter who has taught writing and literature courses for several universities in the Education City multiversity. As the facilitator of the Doha Writers Workshop, she leads the community based writing group which supports novelists and poets in publishing their work.

Mohana, as she is known, has published articles and chapters in a variety of peer reviewed academic journals including The South Asian Review and The Annals of Urdu Studies. She served as the editor of Vox magazine, as well as the Qatar Narratives series, which explores various aspects of life in Qatar. Her cultural commentary on literature, film and social movements has also been published in Variety Arabia, Brownbook Middle East, AudioFile Magazine, Explore Qatar, Woman Today, The Woman, Writers and Artists Yearbook, QatarClick, and Qatar Explorer. Her research interests include women's studies and postcolonial literature. 

Mohana has a PhD in English Literature from the University of Florida with an emphasis on women's experiences of post colonialist movements. She also serves as a mentor in the Short Film Lab, an NGO incubator for first time female filmmakers in their teens and twenties based in the Middle East. 

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Writing pedagogy
  • Post Colonialism
  • South Asian studies
  • Women's studies
  • Film studies
  • Media

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy in English Literature, University of Florida, 2008
  • Master of Arts in English, North Carolina State University, 2002
  • Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology, Peace College, 2000

Experience

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Texas A&M University 
  • Research Associate, February, Carnegie Mellon University 
  • Adjunct Lecturer, Northwestern University in Qatar
  • Adjunct Lecturer, Georgetown University in Qatar
  • Assistant Professor of English, VCUArts Qatar
  • Public Affairs Advisor, RasGas Ltd
  • Reading and Writing Development Director, Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing
  • Educational Consultant, Qatar University
  • Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Georgetown University in Qatar

Publications

BOOKS

  • “Stories from In Between.” Hazawi. Eds. Silvia Pessoa, PhD and Halim Chouriey. Doha Modern Printing Press (2010).
  • Co-editor, Al Subaiey, Maryam. Glimpses Of Qatar. Al Sharq Printing Press (2010).
  • Co-editor, Henderson Carol. Qatar: Then and Now. Al Sharq Printing, (2009).
  • Co-editor, Henderson, Carol. Qatar Narratives. Al Sharq Printing, (2008).

BOOK CHAPTERS

  • “My American Academia: At Home and Abroad.” Ed. Charles Hutchinson. Experiences of Immigrant Professors: Challenges, Cross-Cultural Differences, and Lessons for Success. Routledge Research in Higher Education. 2015. 223-233.
  • “Against My Sister: The Dohmestics.” Looking for the Enemy: The Eternal Internal Gender Wars of Our Sisters. Eds. Monique Ferrell and Julian Williams. Kendall Hunt. 2015.
  • With Geetha Rajeswar. “What Did She Die of? The Story of an Hour in the Middle East Classroom.” Kate Chopin. Eds. Heather Ostman and Kathryn O’Donoghue. Palgrave Macmillan. 2015.
  • With Rumsha Shahzad. “She Needs a Website of Her Own: Women and Contemporary Authorship.” Brilliant Careers. Ed. Nicola Evans and Guy Davidson. Palgrave Macmillan. Forthcoming, 2015.
  • With Alisha Saiyed. “I am Trayvon Martin: Obama and the Black Male in Cinema.” Movies in the Age of Obama: The Era of Post-Racial and Neo-Racist Cinema. Ed. David Garrett Izzo. Rowman and Littlefield, 2015. 105-110.
  • “Assessing the Rhetoric of Sheikha Moza: Mistress of Ethos.” Eds. Michelle Lockhart and Kathleen Mollick. Global Women Leaders: Studies in Feminist Political Rhetoric. Lexington Books, 2014. 127-144.
  • “Designers Have to Take Writing Classes.” Ed. Leslie Seawright. Going Global: Transnational Perspectives on Globalization, Language and Education. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014. 154-168.
  • “The Spaces Between Us.” Eds. Joseph Essid and Dona Hickey. Identity and Leadership in Virtual Communities: Establishing Credibility and Influence. IGI Global, 2014. 237-252.3
  • “Education, Marriage, and Work: The Modern Qatari Woman’s Dilemma.” Gender. 24. (2017).
  • “Required Reading at American Branch Campuses in Qatar.” ADFL Bulletin. 44.1 (2017).
  • “The Taboo in Indian Literature: Expanded Ways of Writing and Reading Indianess.” Muses India: Essays on English Language Writers from Mahomet to Rushide. Chetan Deshmane ed. North Carolina: McFarland, 2014.164-175.
  • “Faceless Facebook.” Eds. Zenger, Amy and Bronwyn Williams. New Media and Literacies and Participatory Popular Culture across Borders. Routledge Press, 2012. 125-135. with Silvia Pessoa. “The Impact of English medium in Higher Education: The Case of Qatar.” Eds. Ahmad Al-Issa and Laila S. Dahan. Global Englishes, Peter Lang, 2011. 153-178.
  • “Low Stakes Writing and Speaking.” Sustaining Excellence in Communicating Across the Curriculum: Cross-Institutional Experiences Best Practices. Eds. Nagwa Kassabgy and Amani Elshimi. Cambridge Scholars Press, UK. (2007) 101-110.

JOURNAL ARTICLES 

  • "Kate Chopin and the Non-American Reader." Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice 7:3/4 ((Fall/Winter 2015): 49-57.
  • “Coloured.” EnterText. Special Issue on Andrea Levy. 9. (2012): 154-161.
  • “Between Women and Their Bodies: Male Perspectives of Female Partition Experiences.” South Asian Review. 29.1 (2008).
  • “Gail Godwin.” Wilson, Charles Reagan, gen. ed. The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. vol. 9, Literature, ed. M. Thomas Inge. University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, NC, 2008.
  • “Male Student Engagement Taskforce Survey Summary.” Tawasol: Qatar University Reform Journal. 8. (2008). 11-14.
  • “The Role of QU Students in University Governance.” Tawasol: Qatar University Reform Journal. 7. (2007). 2-4.
  • “Towards Improvements in English Language and Literature Teaching: Communicating Across the Curriculum.” Diviner. DAV College Sector 10: Chandigarh, India. Fall 3.2 (2006) 9-12.
  • “Assia Djebar’s Short Stories and Women” International Journal of the Humanities 4.4 (2006).
  • “India, Imperial (1858-1947).” Encyclopedia of Western Colonialism since 1450. Ed. Jenai Mynatt. Mcmillian Reference: USA. 2005.
  • “Indian National Movement (1885-1947).” Encyclopedia of Western Colonialism since 1450. Ed. Jenai Mynatt. Mcmillian Reference: USA. 2005.
  • “Dismantling Patriarchal Marriage in The Quilt and Other Stories.” Annual of Urdu Studies. University of Wisconsin Press: Madison, WI 2005:20.
  • “Why is Everyone Looking at Me? The Non-White Experience in Higher Education.” The Talking Stick. June 2004.
  • "Kate Chopin and the Non-American Reader." Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice 7:3/4 ((Fall/Winter 2015): 49-57