Faculty Profile

Dr. Saba Pirzadeh

Assistant Professor

Department Of Humanities & Social Sciences

Saba Pirzadeh is Assistant Professor of English and Environmental Literature. She completed her PhD in English Literature from Purdue University on Fulbright fellowship in 2016. Her teaching interests include environmental humanities, postcolonial literature, popular culture, young adult fiction and American literature. Her research examines militarization, natural degradation, spatiality, water, climate change, socio-ecological justice, and ethics of representation in literary texts. She was a research fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich, Germany (2019). She also had the distinction of being the first scholar selected from Pakistan in the ten-year history of the Rachel Carson Center. Her work has been published in Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment (ISLE); South Asian Review, Parergon, South Asian Popular Culture, Interventions and Routledge Handbook of Ecocriticism and Environmental Communication.


"Postcolonial Development, Socio-ecological Degradation and Slow Violence in Pakistani Fiction.” Routledge Handbook of Ecocriticism and Environmental Communication.
Ed. Scott Slovic, Swarnalatha Rangarajan and Vidya Sarveswaran. (Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 2019)

“Topographies of Fear: War and Environmental Othering in Mirza Waheed’s The Collaborator and Nadeem Aslam’s The Blind Man’s Garden.” Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies 21.6 (2019): 892-907.

Saba Pirzadeh and Tehmina Pirzada. “Pakistani Popular Music: A Call to Reform in the Public Sphere.” South Asian Popular Culture 17.2 (2019): 197-211.

Saba Pirzadeh and Arielle McKee. “Arthurian Eco-conquest in Geoffrey of Monmouth, Wace, and Laȝamon.” Parergon 34.1 (2017): 1-24.

“Children of Ravaged Worlds: Exploring Environmentalism in Paolo Bacigalupi's Ship Breaker and Cameron Stracher's The Water Wars.” ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 22.2 (2015): 203-221. Oxford University Press.

“Persecution vs. Protection: Examining the Pernicious Politics of Environmental Conservation in The Hungry Tide.” South Asian Review 36.2 (2015): 107-120.