Geoffrey Kain

Professor and Director of the Honors Program
Humanities and Communication Department
College of Arts & Sciences

Office Hours

Honors Center----Mod 273, #100
Geoffrey Kain

  • D.A. - Doctor of Arts in English, Idaho State University

  • HON 150: Honors Seminar I

Honors Seminars I and II (2003-19). The interdisciplinary courses have involved material from a range of disciplines: literature, philosophy, history, history of science, art. Some examples of topics include "The Silk Road," "Human Migration," "South Asia: Promise and Perils," "Ironies of Control," "Colonialism and Globalization," "Chaos and Design."

Courses taught previously include World Literature, Post-Colonial Studies, International Studies, Studies in Literature, Studies in Humanities, Technology and Modern Civilization, Modern Literature, American Literature, Themes in the Humanities, Technical Writing, and Composition.

----books, as contributing editor:

Ideas of Home: Literature of Asian Migration. Michigan State University Press,1997.

R.K. Narayan: Contemporary Critical Essays. Michigan State University Press, 1993.

Invited contributing Guest Editor, Humanities special issue, Further Explorations Along the Silk Road 7.68 (2018). MDPI open access journal. 

Invited contributing Guest Editor, South Asian Review special topic issue: Satyajit Ray. 36.1 (Spring 2015).  250 pages.

----examples from among 28 academic articles:

"Aurel Stein and the Kiplings: Silk Road Pathways of Converging and Reciprocal Inspiration." Humanities 7.68 (2018): 1-15.

“Off-Grid Solar Powered Water Purification and Community Development in Haiti’s Artibonite Valley, the Heart of Haiti’s Cholera Epidemic.”  IEEE Journal.  Co-authored with Hunt, Rachel, and Joseph Noto, Jonathan Prine, Calli Brown, and Dr. Marc Compere (corresponding author).  Fall 2017.

"Focusing the Village: Satyajit Ray's Pather Panchali and Prafulla Mohanti's My Village, My Life."   South Asian Review 36.1 (spring 2015): 177-96. 

"An Interview with Dilip Basu."  South Asian Review 36.1 (spring 2015): 19-36.

"Globalization and the Deepening India-U.S. Partnership in an Age of Entrenched Anti-Americanism." South Asian Review 28.2 (2007): 121-32.

"Tuning In (or Out) the BIG Voice of Arundhati Roy Following The God of Small Things." Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies 12.1 (2005): 86-95.

"From Gunboats to Transgenic Seed: The Western Quest for Tools of Enforced Dependency." South Asian Review, special topic issue "Globalization and Diaspora," 24.1 (2003): 48-62.

"The Vital Role of 'Other' Literatures in American Technological Curricula." Humanities & Technology Review, fall 1998. 40-58.

"Global Village, or Gated Communities? (Hyper)media Mergers and Literary/Cultural Contentions." The Critical Endeavour (Cuttack,India), October 1997. Paper presented at the Indian Association for Commonwealth Language and Literature Studies annual national convention, Hyderabad, India, January 1997. 1-16.

book chapters and introductions:

"R.K.Narayan." 45 page biographical and critical chapter, with separate summaries of the author's 14 novels, and an additional bibliography of primary and secondary material. A Companion to Indian Fiction in English, ed. PierPaolo Pucciocu (Turin University, Italy). New Delhi, India: Atlantic Books, 2003.

"Rupture as Continuity: 'Unsettled Perspective' in Bapsi Sidhwa's An American Brat." Chapter in Asian American Literature in the International Context.
Ed. Samuel Ludwig and Rocio Davis. Literatur Verlag, 2001. 237-47.

"Foreword" to The Indian Novel in English: Its Birth and Development, by Subhendu Kumar Mund (New Delhi: Parachi Prakashan, 1997).

----Encyclopedia entries:

"Prafulla Mohanti" and "Khushwant Singh." Entries in Encyclopedia of Postcolonialism. Ed. John C. Hawley. NY: Greenwood Press, 2001.

"Himani Bannerji." Entry in Asian American Novelists. Ed. Emmanuel Nelson.
New York: Greenwood Press, 2000.

----other publications include reviews, short fiction, travel essay, and poetry.

Fuzhou University, China, 1984-85
Idaho State University, 1985-86
Xiamen University, China, 1986-88
University of Wisconsin-Marinette, 1988-89
Embry-Riddle, Daytona Beach 1989-present

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, University of London, summer 1998. "Postcolonial Studies."

Director of the Honors Program, 2003-present. For information on Honors at ERAU, see