Curriculum Vitae


Dr Vandana Saxena

  • Senior Lecturer II

  • SLAS-Department of Liberal Arts & Humanities
    Faculty of Social Sciences & Leisure Management


Dr. Vandana Saxena is a Senior Lecturer of English at the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Taylor’s University Malaysia. She has taught in Universities in India, Malaysia and Vietnam. Her major research interests are South and South-East Asian literature, popular culture, young adult and children's fiction and creative writing. These interests are reflected in her numerous publications and presentations. Her book 'The Subversive Harry Potter' is one of the seminal literary studies on J.K Rowling’s immensely popular Harry Potter series and Young Adult fantasy fiction. She also brings industry experience from working with India's premier news agencies in the field of documentary production and script-writing. Besides academia, Dr. Vandana is a prolific writer and has published her fiction series online.

  • Head of Research , Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, 01/08/2017 to 31/08/2019
  • Stream Coordinator, Department of Liberal Arts, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 01/06/2016 to 31/07/2017
  • Master of Arts, UNIVERSITY OF DELHI, India
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons), UNIVERSITY OF DELHI, India
  • World Language Studies (Children's Literature, Young Adult fiction, Popular Fiction)
  • Literary Theory (Psychoanalysis, Postcolonial literary theory, Postmodernism)
  • Malaysian Literature (Postcolonial Literature, trauma, memory, Diaspora Literature)
(Course Title),(Level of Study),(Institution),(Month/Year)
  • English Composition, Bachelor Degree, Taylor's University (05/2019)
  • Young Adult Literature, Master Degree, Taylor's University (02/2019)
  • Introduction to Creative Writing, Bachelor Degree, Taylor's University (05/2019)
  • Introduction to American Literature, Bachelor Degree, Taylor's University (05/2018)
  • Malaysian Literature in English, Bachelor Degree, Taylor's University (03/2017)
  • Introduction to Interpersonal Communication, Bachelor Degree, Taylor's University (09/2015)
(Title of publication in APA style)
  • The Subversive Harry Potter: Adolescent Rebellion and Containment J.K Rowling’s Novels. Jefferson: McFarland, June 2012.
Book Chapter
  • Saxena, V. (2019). 'Quest into the Past: Heroic Quest and the narrative of trauma in Jane Yolen's Briar Rose.' In Childhood Traumas: narratives and representations (ed.) Kamayani Kumar and Angelie Multani. NY: Routledge
  • Saxena, Vandana. ‘Adapting, Appropriating, Writing: Towards a Digital Classroom of Literature.’ In Preparing the Next Generations of Teachers for 21st century Education. Book. Siew Fun Tang (ed.). (IGI Global 2017)
  • Saxena, Vandana. ‘Mother Goose Tales: Intergenerational Storytelling and the Holocaust in Jane Yolen’s Briar Rose and Peter Rushforth’s Kindergarten.’ In Fantastic Modalities in Holocaust Literature and Film (Series: Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy). John Edgar Browning (ed.) (Jefferson: McFarland, 2014)
  • Saxena, Vandana. ‘Beauty and the Beast: Reclaiming the Monster’. In Inhabited by Stories: Critical Essays on Tales Retold. Danette DiMarco and Nancy Barta-Smith (ed.) (New York: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012
  • Saxena, Vandana. ‘Plotting Hogwarts: Situating the School Ideologically and Culturally.’ In Literature for Our Times: Postcolonial Studies in the Twenty First Century. Bill Ashcroft, Julie McGonegal, Ranjini Mendis, and Arun Mukherjee (ed.). Amsterdam/ New York: Rodopi, 2012. 469-484 (with Angelie Multani)
  • Saxena, Vandana. ‘Evolution of Imperial Diaspora: A study of William Dalrymple’s narrative history.’ In Diasporic Consciousness: Literatures from the Postcolonial World. Smriti Singh, Achal Sinha (ed.) Germany: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller. 2010.
Article in Journals
  • Saxena, Vandana (2019). ‘The returning echoes of our memory’: Networks of Memory and Postcolonial Trauma in Tan Twan Eng’s The Gift of Rain. Kritika Kultura 33 (ISI-Indexed)
  • Saxena, Vandana (2019). 'Expatriate Encounters and Colonial Legacies: Discursive Constructions of Indian-ness in Malaysian ICT Workplace .' Asia Pacific Social Science Review (SCOPUS-Indexed)
  • Saxena, Vandana. ‘Live. And Remember: Memory, History and Storytelling in Young Adult Holocaust Fiction.’ Literature and History. 2019. (ISI-Indexed)
  • Saxena, Vandana and Anindita Dasgupta. ‘Not A Breach, but an Expansion’: Diasporic Communities in Twenty First Century’ Millennial Asia. 2018 (SCOPUS-Indexed)
  • Shiet Ching Wong, Sivapalan Selvadurai, Vandana Saxena, Mohamed Abdul Kader Okal. ‘DEMOGRAPHIC DIVERSITY AND SALIENCE OF NATIONALITY ON TEAM EFFECTIVENESS IN INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT) SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES (SMES).’ e-Bangi: Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities. 12.2 (2017).
  • Saxena, Vandana (2016). Eating Together: Food, Space and Identity in Malaysia and Singapore. MILLENNIAL ASIA, 7(2), pp.242-246
  • Saxena, Vandana. ‘Growing up to save the world: Christ and the fantasies of boyhood’. 'Jesus Christ and the (Re) Construction of Masculinities in World Christianity', special issue of Exchange; A Journal of Ecumenical and Missiological Research. Vol 42 (2013) (68-85). Indexed by Scopus (SCOPUS-Indexed)
  • Saxena, Vandana. ‘Growing up Drag: Female-to-male cross-dressing in Young Adult fictions,’ Feminist Studies in English Literature. Vol 30. No. 3 (December 2012)
  • Saxena, Vandana. ‘‘And the story goes on…’ : Harry Potter and online fan fiction,’ Technoculture Vol 2, 2012
  • Saxena, Vandana. ‘Magical Worlds, Real Encounters: Race and Magical Realism in Young Adult Fiction’. The ALAN Review 38.3 (Summer 2011): 43-51
  • Saxena, Vandana. ‘Dursleys vs Weasleys: A Cultural Approach to Science, Magic and Technology in the Harry Potter series.’ Atlantic Literary Review 11.1 (January – March 2010). 97-110
Article in Proceeding
  • 'Participation, Produsage, Pedagogy: Role of Social Media in Enhancing Teaching and Learning Experience.’ Redesigning Learning for Greater Social Impact. Taylor’s Teaching and Learning Conference, Taylor’s University. November 12-13- 2016. Pg. 223-237.
Other Publications
  • Anindita Dasgupta and Vandana Saxena (ed). 2018. Negotiating Identities, Building Communities: Asian Diaspora in Asia. Special Issue of Millenial Asia. 9: 1 - Special Issue, Millennial Asia
(Project title),(Role),(Duration),(Level)
  • The Cultural Fit: Role of culture in work environment of Malaysian SMEs, Project Leader, 2017 to 2018 (Taylor's University)
  • Impact of cross-cultural diversity on work performance in Malaysian Small and Medium Enterprises dealing in Information and Communication Technology, Co-researcher, 2014 to 2016 (National)
(Title),(Event),(Date Presented),(Organiser),(Level)
  • Constructions of Authorship: Challenges in the Digital Era, The 5th International SEARCH Conference, 18/05/2017 to 20/05/2017, School of Communications, Taylor's University, Malaysia (International)
  • Local Roots, global Aspirations: Impact of culture on hiring of professionals in Malaysian Small and Medium Enterprises in the Information Technology Sector, i-COME 16: An ICA Regional Conference, 18/09/2016 to 20/09/2016, i-COME 16: An ICA Regional Conference ( (National)
  • Werewolf and the Narrative of Dis-ease: Monsters within and without . Body in Culture: Culture of the Body . , National Conference, School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies., 03/03/2011 to 04/03/2011, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. March 3-4, 2011 (National)
  • Reclaiming the Monsters: The fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast . , Postfeminist Postmortems?: Gender, Sexualities and Multiple Modernities. Annual Conference of the Department of English, University of Delhi. , 14/02/2011 to 15/02/2011, Department of English, University of Delhi (National)
  • Rethinking Colonial Ideology: A Perspective on William Dalrymple s White Mughals, Identity, Multiculturalism and Changing Societies , International Interdisciplinary Conference of All India Association of Social Psychology, 11/12/2009 to 14/12/2009, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD) (International)
  • Conflicted Multiculturalism in J.K Rowling s Harry Potter series, Conflict, Belonging and Multiculturalism, National Seminar, 05/12/2009 to 07/12/2009, Department of English, Sri Venkateshwara College, University of Delhi (National)
  • Plotting Hogwarts: Situating the School Ideologically and Culturally, Literature of Our Times, 14th Triennial ACLALS Conference, 17/08/2007 to 22/08/2007, Association of Commonwealth Language and Literature Studies (International)
  • Living with A-bomb: Tracing the never-ending trauma in Kyoko Hayashi s The Masks of Whatchamacallit", Third Annual Memory Studies Conference, 24/06/2019 to 28/06/2019, Memory Studies Association (International)
  • Memory, History and Postcolonial Reconfigurations, The Malay world: Connecting the Past to the Present. Fourth International Conference of International Council for Historical and Cultural Co-operation , 14/09/2017 to 16/11/2017, South-East Asia and Philippine Philippines Historical Association. September 14-16, 2017 (International)
  • Growing, Fitting, Subverting : Narratives of Adolescence and Fantasy , Seminar, 06/12/2011 to 06/12/2011, Literary Society, University of Delhi December 6, 2010. (University)
  • English School Fiction: From Tom Brown to Harry Potter , Seminar, 26/03/2011 to 26/03/2011, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IIT) (University)
(Product Name),(Type),(Level)
  • Dust of Ages , Copyright (International)
(Course Title),(Course Mode),(Date/Duration),(Level)
  • THE 5TH INTERNATIONAL SEARCH CONFERENCE 2017, Research, 18/05/2017 to 19/05/2017
  • Leadership for Heads of Department, Research, 23/02/2017 to 23/02/2017
  • Personal Leadership, Research, 21/02/2017 to 21/02/2017
  • Certification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA), Research, 01/08/2013 to 28/09/2013 (International)
  • Films and Historical Imagination, James Beveridge Media Resource Centre, AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi, Research, 27/07/2009 to 07/08/2009 (National)