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Dr. Ajitpaul Mangat

Dr. Ajitpaul Mangat

Dr. Mangat

Faculty Fellow

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Bio

Dr. Ajitpaul Mangat is a Faculty Fellow in the English department where he teaches courses on writing (Writing 100: Writing and Rhetoric) and literature (English 110: Literary Perspectives).

Teaching

Dr. Mangat’s work focuses on the body, specifically the politicized body (the body’s relation to identity), the disabled body (the body’s relation to care), and the laboring body (the body’s relation to work). His teaching draws on this work to get students thinking and writing about not only their personal relationships with their own bodies but also the broader relationship between bodies and systems, individuals and institutions, the personal and the political; he teaches students how to critique dominant representations of bodily difference as well as how to accommodate various kinds of difference in their community and environment.

Research

Dr. Mangat is presently at work on two different projects. The first – a book project which draws on his doctoral work – considers recent dynamics of generational conflict through Millennial literature and film that represent the political capacity of caregiving to produce intergenerational solidarity. The second – which recently emerged from the courses he teaches on hip-hop music – explores the interracial collaborations that produced the “blog era” (2006-2014) of popular music.

You can read more about Dr. Mangat’s second project – specifically the collaborative research he is conducting with his student on, what he refers to as, “indie rap.”

Dr. Mangat has previously published a peer-reviewed chapter in Explorations of Consciousness in Contemporary Fiction (Brill, 2017), and co-edited an issue of theory@buffalo, entitled “Derrida: Matters.” He has written book reviews for a number of academic journals, including Modern Fiction Studies, Twentieth-Century Literature, Disability Studies Quarterly, and the Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies. Dr. Mangat has delivered conference presentations in recent years at meetings of the American Comparative Literature Association, the Modernist Studies Association, the Society for Disability Studies, the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts, and the International Association for the Study of Popular Music; he has also presented at the international conference, “Modernism, Medicine and the Embodied Mind,” at the University of Bristol.

Dr. Mangat has received funding for his work from the Niagara University Research Council, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Humanities Institute at the University at Buffalo, the New York Council for the Humanities, and the riverrun Foundation.

Service

Dr. Mangat’s teaching and research both closely align with his commitment to supporting and highlighting the voices of NU’s students, particularly those from marginalized communities. He actively participates in both NU’s Inclusive Excellence Initiative and Accessibility and Disability Matters Committee. Dr. Mangat is also the faculty advisor of The Aquila (Niagara University's literary and arts journal), and a member of the Rose Bente Lee Ostapenko Center for Ethics in Medicine and Healthcare.

Education

2009 University of Manitoba, BSc/BA

2011 University of Tennessee – Knoxville, MA

2020 University at Buffalo – SUNY, PhD