Kalyan Nadiminti works on twentieth and twenty-first century multi-ethnic and global Anglophone literatures, with a particular focus on Asian American, transnational Muslim, and African diasporic literatures. He is currently at work on a scholarly monograph, "Difficult Work: Race, Transnationalism, and Labor in Contemporary Multi-Ethnic American Literature," which brings together multi-ethnic and transnational writers to examine the relationship of the minoritized subject to the American ideal of white-collar work. From Jhumpa Lahiri to Mohsin Hamid to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, "Difficult Work" reads raced, gendered, and migrant subjects that query the ideology of American professionalism by mixing anti-work and anti-imperial feeling.
Kalyan's second project, "Provincializing 9/11: Terrorism, Geopolitics, and Contemporary Literature," contends that multi-ethnic and global South writers construct literary genealogies of terror to interrogate the mythic status of 9/11 as a foundational event in global histories of terrorism. Kalyan's academic articles and book reviews are forthcoming or have been published in journals such as NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction, Textual Practice, South Asia Review, and Twentieth-Century Literature. He has previously taught courses on race, ethnicity, and literature at Penn's English department, the Asian American Studies Program, and Michigan State University.