Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Literary Studies
  • Histories of Language Standards (Hindi, Urdu and English)
  • Rhetoric of Knowledge Production
  • Lyric Poetry
  • Early Modern Studies
  • Modernist Literature
  • Translation


Diviya has a PhD from the Text and Event in Early Modern Europe (TEEME) doctoral programme, where she was an Erasmus Mundus fellow at the University of Kent, Canterbury, and Freie Universität Berlin. 

Her research revisits origin stories of English and Hindi as modern, standard, official, national, and literary languages. This reading of texts and events from 16th–17th century England and 19th–20th century colonial India foregrounds the ways in which the rhetoric of language reform stages anxieties of self-fashioning for persons, nations, and empires. 

She has a BA in Economics from Delhi University; a postgraduate diploma from the Asian College of Journalism (ACJ), Chennai; and has worked as a financial journalist before completing an MA and MPhil in English Literature from The English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU), Hyderabad. Her MPhil presents a genealogy of modernist lyric subjectivity, especially in the poetry of Wallace Stevens. 

Before joining Azim Premji University, she taught English Literature and Cultural Studies at Christ University, Bengaluru. She has also taught English language proficiency at EFLU, Hyderabad, and has been a recipient of the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship (FLTA) for Hindi at Yale University.