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Dr. Kavita Singh


Dr. Kavita Singh is an English professor. She teaches and does research in Caribbean literature and culture, and is passionate about language, performance, and popular culture.

Dr. Singh was born in Guyana, South America, and grew up in Trinidad and Tobago, before moving to New Jersey, where she went to high school and college. She completed her BA at Princeton University and her Ph.D. at Cornell University. She is fluent in Spanish and French and has recently started learning Haitian Creole (come practice your language skills with her!). She loves to travel, and has lived in France, spent significant periods in different parts of Latin America, and regularly visits the Caribbean and Europe. She sometimes goes to Trinidad Carnival for research!

In her classes, Dr. Singh encourages her students to think about the intersection of the arts and the social and political aspects of our world, and she is particularly interested in questions of race, class, and gender, in relation not only to the Caribbean and the global South but also to the United States.

Dr. Singh lives in Cougar Place with her husband, Rodrigo Hasbún, who is a fiction writer from Bolivia. They’re excited to get to know CP residents: don’t hesitate to say hello when you see them around the community! Dr. Singh also looks forward to meeting Cougar Place residents during monthly Sunday night dinners, during Tuesday coffee hour, and through the various programs that she will be organizing throughout the year. Look out for mindfulness meditation, a vegan feast, and an etiquette dinner!