Saba Pirzadeh is assistant professor of English and environmental humanities. She received her PhD in English from Purdue University on a Fulbright fellowship. Her teaching interests include environmental literature, postcolonial studies, young adult fiction, Victorian novel and American literature. Her scholarship investigates issues of anthropocentric violence, resource extractivism, climate crisis, territorial appropriation, hydropolitics and interspecies relationality to advocate consciousness and ethico-political commitment towards the environment. Another research interest is based on popular culture and its articulation of the ideological and material realities of the postcolonial experience. Saba's research has been supported by the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (Munich) and Bucknell Humanities Center (Pennsylvania). Her work has been published in Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment (ISLE), Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Interventions, South Asian Review, Parergon, South Asian Popular Culture, and Routledge Handbook of Ecocriticism and Environmental Communication.
“Neoliberal Extraction and Aquatic Resistance in Helon Habila’s Oil on Water.” Journal of Postcolonial Writing. https://doi.org/10.1080/17449855.2021.1886975
"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. https://doi.org/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 17.2 (2019): 197-211. https://doi.org/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. doi:10.1353/pgn.2017.0000.
“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. https://doi.org/10.1093/isle/isu143
“Persecution vs. Protection: Examining the Pernicious Politics of Environmental Conservation in The Hungry Tide.” South Asian Review 36.2 (2015): 107-120. https://doi.org/10.1080/02759527.2015.11933020