Aisha Dad

Lecturer (Mythology, Classical Reception, South Asia)
Email: a_dadvanvel@uncg.edu
Office: 1110 MHRA
Phone: 336-334-5214
At UNCG Since: 2021
On leave Spring 2024


Ph.D.  Harvard University – 2022
M.A.   Brandeis University – 2013
B.A.    Wellesley College – 2011

Research Interests

Dr. Dad’s research encompasses Classical Antiquity and South Asia. She specializes in myth and performance and is interested in how mythology performs itself across media, whether in oral narration, on stage, or in material culture. Her first book, ‘Through the Looking Glass’: The Narrative Performance of Anarkali studies the performance of mythology through the highly orientalized South Asian figure of Anarkali. Dr. Dad also specializes in Classical Reception, especially in children’s literature, animation, and videogames. She is the Director of the Classics Gaming Collaborative as well as a Research Affiliate at the Carolina Asia Center. She enjoys teaching about monsters, heroes, tombs, and travel–preferably all in one juicy legend or stunning myth.

Selected Awards and Honors

  •  Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award in Classics. Brandeis University – 2013

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