Assistant Professor Nikhil Bilwakesh holds a B.A. in Economics and English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Ph.D. in English with a Certificate in Film Studies from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He joined the faculty in Fall 2008.
He is co-founder and co-director of the Alabama in Cuba interim program (2012), and he has taught in the Alabama at Oxford program (2010).
"W.D. Fard and the Unincorporated Margin of South Asian America." South Asian Review. 34:1 (2013). (forthcoming)
"Emerson's Decomposition: Parnassus." Nineteenth-Century Literature. 67:4 (2013). 520-545.
"'Their faces were like so many of the same sort at home': American Responses to the Indian Rebellion of 1857." American Periodicals: A Journal of History and Criticism. 21:1 (2011). 1-23. (Honorable Mention, Pro-Quest/RSAP Article Prize, 2011).
"'This prospering country is your ornament': Emerson and the ‘Instructive’ Value of the Cosmopolitan Project."Nineteenth-Century Prose, 36:2 (2009). 77-112.
"Emerson, John Brown and Arjuna: Translating the Bhagavad Gita in a Time of War." ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance. 55:1 (2009). 27-58.
"'Alias Jeremiah': The Pathetic Preachers of Oscar Micheaux." West Virginia University Philological Papers. Vol. 50 (2003): 33-41.
Essays, Reviews, and Other Writings
Review of Clemens Spahr, Radical Beauty: American Transcendentalism and the Aesthetic Critique of Modernity. (Paderborn: Ferdinand Schöningh, 2011). Emerson Society Papers. 23:2. (Fall, 2012). 13+.
"Disserting Ellen." New Orleans Review. 37.1 (2011): 140-145.
Review of Harold Abramawotz, Not Blessed. (Los Angeles: Les Figues, 2010), Jacket2. (November, 2011)
Review of Mark Kingwell, Nearest Thing to Heaven: The Empire State Building and American Dreams. (New Haven: Yale, 2006), "Letters in Canada 2006," University of Toronto Quarterly, 77:1 (Winter 2008). 335-337.
Review of Sandra Harbert Petrulionis, To Set This World Right: The Antislavery Movement in Thoreau's Concord. (Ithaca: Cornell, 2006), Nineteenth-Century Prose. 35:1 (2008). 250-254.
"Leo Percepied" and "Mardou Fox" from The Subterraneans, by Jack Kerouac. Student's Encyclopedia of American Literary Characters. Ed. Judith Baughman and Matthew Bruccoli. New York: Facts on File, 2008.
Review of David S. Reynolds, John Brown, Abolitionist: The Man Who Killed Slavery, Sparked the Civil War, and Seeded Civil Rights. (New York: Knopf, 2005), Journal for the Study of Radicalism, 1:2 (2007). 141 - 144.