Yumna Siddiqi’s areas of specialization are postcolonial South Asian, African and Caribbean literature, postcolonial theory, diaspora and migration studies, literary theory, 19th and 20th Century British literature, and gender studies. Her book Anxieties of Empire and the Fiction of Intrigue (Columbia University Press, 2008) explores the contradictions of postcolonial modernity in turn of the 19th and turn of the 20th century fiction of detection and espionage. She has published articles on postcolonial literature and culture in Cultural Critique, Victorian Literature and Culture, Renaissance Drama, Alif, and South Asia Research. Her current research is on labour migration from South Asia, gender, and literature and culture. She also teaches courses on social movements, and on Marxism. Yumna did her Ph. D. at Columbia University in New York under the direction of Edward Said. She grew up in Bombay by the sea.