Austria, Belarus
  • Chairperson and Professor, Department of English
  • Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
  • Lecturing: Post-9/11 Literary Representations of Terrorism; American Studies
  • Karl-Franzens University, Graz, Austria
  • February 2014 - July 2014
  • Yanka Kupala University, Grodno, Belarus
  • February 2007 - July 2007
  • Fulbright Presentation
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Dr. Cara Cilano is Chairperson and Professor in the Department of English at Michigan State University. MSU is a Research I Public Land Grant University located in East Lansing. As the pioneer land grant university, Michigan State takes very seriously its responsibility to connect the university’s multi-faceted work to local, national, and international communities.

Cilano earned her PhD in English from Duquesne University and was previously Professor of English and Director of General Education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. As Chair of the Department of English at MSU, Cilano oversees literary, pop culture, creative writing, English education, and film studies curricula for BA, MA, and PhD degrees.

Most of Cilano’s scholarly work focuses on Pakistani English-language literature, as is evidenced by her three monographs: National Identities in Pakistan: The 1971 War in Contemporary Pakistani Fiction (Routledge 2011), Contemporary Pakistani Fiction in English: Idea, Nation, State (Routledge 2013), and Post-9/11 Espionage Fiction in the US and Pakistan: Spies and “Terrorists” (Routledge 2014). She has also edited a collection of essays, From Solidarity to Schisms: 9/11 and After in Fiction and Film from Outside the US (Rodopi 2009).