Manasvin Rajagopalan

A picture of Manasvin Rajagopalan smiling at the viewer

Position Title
Graduate Student and Associate Instructor in Comparative Literature

Comparative Literature

815 Sproul
Office Hours
M 1:00-2:00 and R 11:30-12:30

Education and Degree(s)


BA (Liberal Arts), Symbiosis International University, Pune, India
Inter-Campus Exchange Program (UC Berkeley), 2018-19
Intermediate Tamil Program, (South Asia Summer Language Institute, UW-Madison), Summer 2019

Research Interest(s)

  • Ornamentation
  • Identity
  • Imperialism
  • Representation
  • Early Modern France
  • Early Modern South India

Teaching Experience

  • COM 7(TA)- Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019
  • COM 5(TA)- Spring 2018
  • COM 6(TA)- Spring 2019
  • CLA 10 (Reader)- Summer 2018
  • COM 1 (Associate)- Fall 2019, Winter 2020


Manasvin Rajagopalan is a third-year PhD student in Comparative Literature, with a Designated Emphasis in the Study of Religion. His research examines the role of ornamentation in the constitution and fabrication of imperial identity and social representation, in the context of 17th century France, and the Nayaka kingdoms in Tamil Nadu. Combining his background in the social sciences with traditions of textual scholarship, Manas works on interdisciplinary material, including performance, visual culture, and literary studies. His additional research interests include postcoloniality, gender, speculative fiction, and the classics. In his spare time, Manas enjoys discussions about K-pop, popular TV, and the role of spectacle in our quotidian lives.

LanguagesBengali, English, French, Hindi,Tamil

Honors and Awards

Departmental Summer Fellowship (2018,2019)
Templeton Summer Graduate Fellowship (2019)
Full Fee Remission (South Asia Summer Language Institute, UW-Madison, 2019)