Sneja Gunew (FRSC) was educated at the Universities of Melbourne, Toronto, Leeds, and Newcastle, N.S.W. She has taught at various universities in England, Australia and Canada. She has taught at Deakin University (akin to Britain’s Open University), Victoria, Australia, before moving to Canada in 1993. She has published widely on postcolonial, multicultural and feminist critical theory. She was Director of the Centre for Research in Women’s and Gender Studies (2002-7) and North American editor of Feminist Theory (Sage) 2006-10. She was Associate Principal of the College for Interdisciplinary Studies, UBC, 2008-11.She is currently Professor Emerita of English and Women’s and Gender Studies at The University of British Columbia, Canada.
She has edited and co-edited four anthologies of Australian women’s and multicultural writings: Feminist Knowledge: Critique and Construct and A Reader in Feminist Knowledge (Routledge 1990-91). In Australia, she compiled (with others) A Bibliography of Australian Multicultural Writers (the first such compilation in Australia) and co-edited Striking Chords: Multicultural Literary Interpretations (1992), the first collection of critical essay to deal with ethnic minority writings in the Australian context. She set up the first library collection of ethnic minority writings in Australia. Continuing her focus on cultural difference, Gunew edited (with Anna Yeatman) Feminism and the Politics of Difference (1993) and (with Fazal Rizvi) Arts for a Multicultural Australia: Issues and Strategies (1994).She has also worked in the area of cultural policy particularly in her three years as a Council member of the Australia Council (the Australian federal arts funding body).
Her books include Framing Marginality: Multicultural Literary Studies (1994) and Haunted Nations: The Colonial Dimensions of Multiculturalisms (Routledge 2004). Based in Canada since 1993, her current work is on comparative multiculturalisms and diasporic literatures and their intersections with national and global cultural formations. Her most recent book is titled: Post-Multicultural Writers as Neo-Cosmopolitan Mediators (Anthem 2017).