His dissertation in progress examines the development of realist fiction in South Africa in relation to the projects of segregation and apartheid. He received an M.A. (Hons) in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh and an M.Phil. in Criticism and Culture from the University of Cambridge. Prior to coming to Penn, he was a Fox International Fellow in the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University. His work has appeared in Representations and African Identities.
Humanities+Urbanism+Design Andrew W. Mellon Doctoral Dissertation Fellow for 2020-2021; Ph.D. Candidate, Department of English School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania
Aaron Bartels-Swindells is a PhD candidate in the English Department. He specialises in postcolonial studies, and his work addresses the significance of colonialism and imperialism in Anglophone literatures of Sub-Saharan Africa.