Faculty Profile

Dr. Saba Pirzadeh

Assistant Professor

Department Of Humanities & Social Sciences

Saba Pirzadeh is Assistant Professor of English and Environmental Literature in the Department of Humanities & Social Sciences. She completed her PhD in English from Purdue University on Fulbright fellowship in 2016. Her dissertation “Violence, Militarism, and the Environment in Contemporary South Asian Literature” explores narrative depictions of the intensification of anthropogenic violence and its exploitation of the environment for purposes of profit, conquest and consumption. Her teaching interests include environmental humanities, postcolonial literature, popular culture, young adult fiction and nineteenth century American literature. Her research explores militarization, environmental degradation, spatiality, socio-ecological justice, and ethics of representation in literary texts. 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. (February 2019)

“Topographies of Fear: War and Environmental Othering in Mirza Waheed’s The Collaborator and Nadeem Aslam’s The Blind Man’s Garden.” Interventions (doi:10.1080/1369801X.2018.1558090)

Saba Pirzadeh and Tehmina Pirzada. “Pakistani Popular Music: A Call to Reform in the Public Sphere.” South Asian Popular Culture (doi: 10.1080/14746689.2018.1512702)

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 (Spring 2015): 203-221.

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