Dr. Varghese Mathai
Specialization: Literary Studies
Home institution in US: Judson University, Elgin, Illinois
Host Institution in India: St. Stephen’s College, Delhi       
Start date/Month in India: July 2012
Duration of grant: 9 months

Brief Bio:
Dr. Varghese Mathai is the Benjamin P. Browne Chair of Communications at Judson University, Illinois. Prior to joining Judson, he taught at the University of St. Thomas and at Bethel University, both in Minnesota. He teaches courses including British Poetry, Literature and Spirituality, African American Literature, and Writing. Dr. Mathai is the founding director of Judson University’s Honors Program. He earned his M.A. and M.Phil. degrees from Commonwealth Universities, South India and his Ph.D. from Baylor University, Texas. He is an active contributor to a number of professional organizations.

Dr. Mathai is a fellow of the MacLaurin Insitute, a center for faculty development, at the University of Minnesota. At MacLaurin he has helped create academic partnerships and organize Worldview conferences. In addition to his current responsibilities at Judson, he runs The King’s Errand, a face-to- face and online chapel program for spiritual formation. He also advises two of Judson’s overseas programs.

Dr. Mathai’s Fulbright project, “Pedagogy Modeling and K. V. Simon Studies,” is twofold: to teach British poetry courses on the Metaphysical and late Victorian periods and to produce a critical volume, inclusive of specimen translations, of the poetical works of K. V. Simon (1884-1944), a colonial Indian writer. He intends the finished work to introduce Simon into world literature and to Indian readers who lack knowledge of Malayalam.