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Dr Manjeet Ridon

Job: DMU Dubai Provost (Interim)

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Humanities and Performing Arts

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

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Personal profile

Dr Ridon is the DMU Dubai Provost and senior academic leading the University’s branch campus development in Dubai, UAE. In this role Dr Ridon manages the delivery of a large portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and a high-quality student experience. As the UAE representative of the University she manages all the key stakeholder relations, including the partnership with KHDA and other UAE government departments, and other UK agencies such as the Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO), and the British Council.

Dr Ridon is also the academic legacy lead for the DMU engagement in the Dubai EXPO and in this role ensures that the University’s EXPO activity is closely aligned with the vision for the Dubai campus, and EXPO engagement is embedded in the teaching and learning and research taking place at the Dubai campus. The University will establish a permanent presence in Dubai and make a strong contribution to the UAE and the wider GCC region.

Dr Ridon’s research focuses mainly on literary and cinematic representations of myth in the literature and film of South Asian diasporic women writers and filmmakers in Canada and the USA. This specialised focus is contextualised within a wider interest in the contemporary cultural production of other ethnic and minority groups in North America, in particular the literature of African-American and Native American writers. Dr Ridon completed her PhD at the University of Nottingham and her research was fully funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the Canadian Studies Foundation in the UK.

Dr Ridon is the Arts Design and Humanities faculty lead for International with responsibility for developing international partnerships. She is also the faculty lead for Decolonising DMU – a programme which aims to reduce racial disparity and promote cultural diversity in higher education - and supporting academic activities to encourage an increased awareness of this institutional priority. Recently, she has been raising awareness of this priority in the University’s TNE activities and has delivered workshops for DMU colleagues and presented her findings at HE conferences.  

Dr Ridon has more than 20 years’ experience of working in international higher education and is a specialist in Transnational Education (TNE), having worked at several universities in the UK and in positions based overseas, such as India and Uzbekistan.

Research group affiliations

Institute of English

Publications and outputs

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Research interests/expertise

  • African-American literature - 19th century and 21st century
  • South Asian North American literature 
  • Contemporary women's literature
  • Postcolonial theories and Decolonisation studies
  • Cultural studies and critical theory
  • Transnational Education research
  • Internationalisation

Areas of teaching

  • Slave narratives - Harriet Jacobs
  • Millennium world literature - Margaret Atwood
  • Myth and South Asian American literature - Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  • Decolonisation in HE


  • PhD (2015) North American Literature
  • PG Diploma (2009) Strategic Marketing Management (International)
  • MA (2004) American Literature 
  • BA (2000) American Literature

Conference attendance


  • March 2021 – Advance HE Sustainability Symposium:  “Transnational Education: Towards Principles and Practices to address the UN Sustainable Development Goals” - presentation with Simon Bradbury, PVC International and Dr Andrew Reeves, DMU
  • November 2020 - Decolonising DMU: Kimberlin Sessions: “Literature, Mythology and Storytelling: Cultural Insights and Connections in Chitra Divakaruni’s The Mistress of Spices”
  • Sept 2019 Global Academy of Liberal Arts (GALA) Annual Conference 2019 – Claremont Graduate University, California, USA
  • Sept 2018 Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts (SIVA) Annual Partnerships Conference 2018 – Shanghai, China 
  • May 2016 History, Memory, Grief: A 30th Air India Anniversary Conference – McMaster University, Ontario, Canada
  • Jan 2015 Borders, Boundaries and Margins – SALA Annual Conference, Vancouver, Canada 
  • May 2014 Myths in Culture Symposium – University of Leicester  
  • Apr 2014 BAAS Annual Conference - University of Birmingham
  • Dec 2013 Homeward Bound: Nation, Belonging and the American Home – University of Nottingham
  • Sept 2011 BACS Literature Group – British Library Conference Centre, London

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Guest lectures

  • April 2021 – Guest lecture and invited speaker at University of Science & Technology, Beijing, China: “American Feminism in Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments”