Pavan Malreddy has studied and taught Sociology, Anthropology, Development Studies and English Literature in the Netherlands, Singapore, Canada and Germany. He specializes in comparative Anglophone literature(s) with a regional focus on East Asia, Africa, and South Asia and with a thematic focus on conflicts, communal bonds, insurgencies, and populism. He has authored over forty essays on figures and themes as wide ranging as Franz Kafka, George Orwell, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Indian cinema, populism, terrorism, civil war in Burma, among others. He has interviewed prominent novelists/theorists such as Homi K. Bhabha, Mohsin Hamid, Tom McCarthy, Amit Chaudhuri, and Tabish Khair. His research interests include 20th and 21st century literature, world literatures, discourses of terrorism, and the intersections of memory studies and postcolonial theory. His current research project focuses on the armed insurgencies in India, Burma and Nigeria.
He co-edits the journal Kairos: A Journal of Critical Symposium, and the South Asian volume of the Literary Encyclopedia.