Anup Grewal

Anup Grewal
Assistant Professor
Telephone number
(416) 208-4752
History / Global Asia Studies / Women's and Gender Studies


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.


B.A. (McGill University)

M.A. (Trent University)

Ph.D. (University of Chicago)


Research Interests

  • Leftist political and cultural movements
  • Socialism and literature
  • Gender in East Asia
  • Feminism and Feminist theories
  • 20th and 21st - century Chinese literature, cultural history and film
  • Documentary forms in literature and film