Dhanashree Thorat

Dhanashree Thorat

Assistant Professor


2310 Lee Hall
Department of English
P.O. Box E
Mississippi State, MS 39762


  • Ph.D. 2017 University of Florida
  • M.A. 2013 University of Florida
  • B.A. 2011 Kennesaw State University

Post-doctoral research: Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Kansas.

Teaching Interests

Ethnic Literature and Digital Humanities



Dhanashree Thorat situates her research at the intersection of Asian American Studies, Postcolonial Studies, and Digital Humanities. Broadly, she examines how colonial and racial ideologies shape the technological imagination, specifically in technical infrastructures, platforms, and policies. Her current work focuses on how Muslims use hashtag activism to intervene in public conversations about their racialized bodies. She completed her PhD at the University of Florida (2017) and was a postdoctoral researcher in digital humanities at the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Kansas from 2017-2019. Dhanashree is a founding Executive Council member of the Center for Digital Humanities, Pune in India. She serves as the lead organizer for a winter school on Digital Humanities, and advises the center on digital archival projects and DH curriculum development.

Selected Publications 

  • ​Thorat, Dhanashree. “Colonial Topographies of Internet Infrastructure: The Sedimented and Linked Networks of the Telegraph and Submarine Fiber Optic Internet.” South Asian Review. Ed. Roopika Risam and Rahul Gairola. 40.3 (2019): 252-267. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02759527.2019.1599563
  • Thorat, Dhanashree. “Digital Infrastructures and Technoutopian Fantasies: The Colonial Roots of Technology Aid in the Global South.” Digital Humanities in India. Ed. Maya Dodd and Nidhi Kalra. [Accepted – 2018]
  • ​Thorat, Dhanashree. Special Issue Editor. “Digital Humanities in India,” Asian Quarterly: A Journal of Contemporary Issues, 15.4 (2017): 4-12.
  • Thorat, Dhanashree. “The Activist and the Terrorist: Reimagining the Nation-State in My Name is Khan and New York.” Reflecting 9/11: New Narratives in Literature, Television, Film and Theatre . Ed. Heather E. Pope, and Victoria M Bryan. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016.

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