Anup Grewal

Assistant Professor
Sidney Smith Hall, Room 2058 | Humanities Wing, 1265 Military Trail, Room 524 (UTSC)


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

  • Twentieth-century Chinese cultural history
  • Modern Chinese literature and film
  • Leftist and socialist political and cultural movements in comparative and transnational frames
  • Women's and gender history
  • Feminism and feminist theories
  • Documentary forms and literature and film
  • Labour history and Marxism in Asia
  • Empire, colonialism and Indigeneity    


Anup Grewal is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Historical and Cultural Studies  at UTSC and in the Tri-Campus Graduate Department of History at the University of Toronto. She teaches in History, Women’s Studies and Global Asia Studies. Her primary areas of research include modern Chinese history, cultural studies, and gender studies, which she examines in broader regional and global frames.  She is currently working on a book project exploring the activism and literary works of Chinese women involved in the leftist political and cultural movements of 1920s to the 1930s. Her other ongoing projects include comparative studies of socialism and literature in India and China, and explorations of recent minority films and independent documentaries in China.

Before arriving at the University of Toronto Scarborough in 2015, Anup was a Lecturer in Chinese and Comparative Literature at King’s College London in the UK (2013-15), and a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Asian Modernities and Traditions Profile Area at Leiden University in the Netherlands (2012-13). She completed her PhD in East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago in March 2012, and holds a B.A. from McGill University and an M.A. from Trent University.


PhD, University of Chicago
MA, Trent University
BA, McGill University