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India-linked American prof to teach in Mumbai

world Updated: Oct 27, 2009 23:29 IST

An American professor, who was raised in India, has been granted the prestigious Fullbright Scholarship to teach and study at the University of Mumbai next year.

"I am thrilled and excited by my selection, not only for the opportunities it allows for study, but also for the opportunity it offers to be an ambassador for Idaho State University and American higher education," said Alan Johnson, professor of English at the Idaho State University.

"It will be interesting to see how that university works and to become familiar with Indian higher education," said Johnson, who has lived in Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh and speaks Hindi.

"It may be useful for me to share my experience as we live in an increasingly globalized world and ISU tries to attract more international students.

It is not just the subjects I teach, but the reciprocal relationships I wish to cultivate that are important," he said in a media release.

The specialty of Johnson, who was raised in India, is post-colonial literature and theory, with a focus on South Asian literature, primarily Indian.

He studies Indian writing in English who have become increasingly popular abroad as well as in that country, such as Salman Rushdie, Kiran Desai and Amitav Ghosh.

He will take classes on globalisation and literature, literary theory, and post-colonial studies, the University said in a statement.