Rani Neutill received her PhD in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She has taught at Vassar, Harvard, Yale, Johns Hopkins and Brandeis University. Her teaching focused on Postcolonial Literature and theory, Ethnic American Literature, Critical Race Studies, Asian American Literature, Gender and Sexuality in Literature, Film Studies and Postcolonial and Transnational Feminism. Her academic scholarship was on the intersection of colonialism, psychoanalysis, trauma, and literature and film. As an instructor, she looked at literature and film as resources for understanding the historical nature of trauma as it was accessed through literary and filmic expression. She was particularly interested in how historical trauma in relation to the forces of immigration, colonialism, racism, and transnational migration, impacted the minds and bodies of women and how trauma could be passed down through generations. Some of the courses she has taught are:

  • Divided Nations
  • Gender and Sexuality in Asian American Literature
  • Race and Psychoanalysis
  • Sex and Cinema
  • Transnational Literature and Film
  • Transnational Feminism
  • The Nation and the Novel
  • First Year Writing

She currently teaches classes in memoir at GrubStreet in Boston and creative writing and Asian American literature at both Tufts University and Emerson College.