Mary Anne Mohanraj

Clinical Associate Professor of English


Ph.D., English & Creative Writing, University of Utah, 2005
MFA, Creative Writing, Mills College, 1998
B.A., English, University of Chicago, 1993

Mary Anne Mohanraj is the author of Bodies in Motion, a Sri Lankan-American novel-in-stories (HarperCollins) and nine other titles.  Bodies in Motion was a finalist for the Asian American Book Awards and has been translated into six languages.  It was recently selected for the One Book, One Truman program at Truman College.

Mohanraj was recipient of a 2009 Breaking Barriers Award from the Chicago Foundation for Women for Asian American arts organizing.  She has also received an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Prose, a Neff Fellowship in English, a Steffenson-Canon Fellowship in the Humanities, and the Scowcroft Prize for Fiction.

Mohanraj serves as Associate Coordinator of Asian and Asian American Studies at UIC, and as Executive Director of both DesiLit, an arts organization supporting S. Asian and diaspora literature, and the SLF, an arts organization supporting speculative fiction.

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Office: 1915 UH, MC 162
Phone: 312-413-7593 ext 3-7593
Fax: 312-413-1005