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Srividhya Swaminathan

Associate Professor of EnglishFaculty Adviser for Sigma Tau Delta, English Honor Society

B.A., University of Texas at AustinM.A., Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University


Dr. Swaminathan joined the Brooklyn campus of LIU in September 2003. In September 2010, she was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor and granted tenure.


Eighteenth Century British literature and culture, Slavery Studies, Gender Studies, the Novel, British abolitionism, Cultural Studies


  • “Debating the Slave Trade: Rhetoric of British National Identity, 1759-1815.” London: Ashgate Publishing Co., 2009.
  • “Reporting Atrocities: A Comparison of the Zong and the Trial of Captain John Kimber,” in Slavery and Abolition, 2010.
  • “Adam Smith’s Moral Economy and the Debate to Abolish the Slave Trade,” in Rhetoric Society Quarterly, 37:4 (2007): 481-507.
  • “‘That Creature of Propaganda’: Anthony Benezet’s Depictions of African Oppression,” in British Journal of Eighteenth Century Studies 29 (2006): 115-130.
  • “Developing the West Indian Proslavery Position after the Somerset Decision,” in Slavery and Abolition 24:3 (2003): 40-60.
  • “Defoe’s Alternative Conduct Manual: Survival Strategies and Female Networks in Moll Flanders”; in Eighteenth-Century Fiction 15:2 (2003): 185-206.


  • John W. Kluge Fellow, 2008-2009
  • Newton Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2008
  • National Humanities Center Summer Literary Institute, 2008
  • ROOTS: Studying the Transatlantic Slave Trade, 2007
  • Honorary Member of Alpha Lambda Delta, National Freshman Honor Society

Professional Affiliations

American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies
Rhetoric Society of America
American Association of University Studies
Modern Language Association