Graduate Associate, Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies Program


Rovel J. Sequeira is a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently a Mellon/ACLS Fellow and will be a SAS Dissertation Completion Fellow in 2021-22. He is completing his dissertation project, The Nation and its Deviants: Sexuality, Science, and Fiction in Colonial India (1880-1950), on the colonial histories of sexual science and literary forms in turn-of-the-20th century India. His work on the global queer and transgender politics, the history of science, and literary modernisms in the post/colony is forthcoming in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, GLQ: Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, and Modernism/modernity.

Sequeira has taught an advanced junior research seminar on the "Sexual Drives of Colonialism and Fascism" in the English department and co-taught "Introduction to Queer Studies" in the Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Program. He also co-organized the graduate working group Latitudes studying issues of race, empire and postcolonialism at UPenn from 2016-18. He will serve as Graduate Associate for the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies program at Penn over 2021-22.