V. V. Ganeshananthan awarded CLA research support

The professor will work on a multi-genre project related to the Sri Lankan civil war
On left, person with dark hair to shoulders, light brown skin, wearing blue shirt; on right, illustration of woman in white dress in front of ruins, with yellow text at top and bottom: Brotherless Night, V. V. Ganeshananthan
Professor V. V. Ganeshananthan with 2023 novel Brotherless Night (Random House)

Associate Professor V. V. Ganeshananthan received a College of Liberal Arts Mid-Career Faculty Research Award for 2023-2024. Cheers! The honor recognizes the next generation of faculty who are engaging in research and creative activity that will shape their fields.

Ganeshananthan will work on The Missing Are Considered Dead, a hybrid-genre collection of work connected to questions of justice and mourning in the wake of Sri Lanka's quarter-century-long civil war.

Professor Ganeshananthan published her second novel, Brotherless Night (Random House), this past January. The New York Times Book Review devoted its front cover to a review of the book, praising the novel's nuance, moral complexity, and "gorgeous sentences."

The University named Ganeshananthan a 2022-2025 McKnight Presidential Fellow, an award given to the most promising individuals who have been granted both tenure and promotion to associate professor. She was a 2014-2016 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow for fiction. Her debut novel, Love Marriage (Random House), was long-listed for the Orange Prize and named in the Washington Post Book World’s "Best of 2008." Also a journalist, her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Atlantic Monthly, Washington Post, and Granta, among others. She is a former vice president of the South Asian Journalists Association.

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