Azfar Hussain: He is a Bangladeshi theorist, critic, academic, bilingual writer, poet, translator, and public intellectual.
He is Associate Professor of Integrative, Religious, and Intercultural Studies within the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, and Vice-President of the Global Center for Advanced Studies (GCAS) and Honorary GCAS Professor of English, World Literature, and Interdisciplinary Studies. He taught English, World Literature, Ethnic Studies, and Cultural Studies at Washington State University, Bowling Green State University, and Oklahoma State University; while, in Bangladesh, he taught English at Jahangirnagar University and North South University. He also worked as Scholar-in-Residence and Summer Distinguished Professor of English and Humanities at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh. He is an advisory editor of Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge. He is also an editorial board member of the Bengali journals Natun Diganta and Sarbajonakotha.
Hussain has published-in both English and Bengali-hundreds of academic, popular, and creative pieces, including translations from non-western languages, and written on a wide range of topics from Native American poetics and politics to critiques of postmodern-poststructuralist-postcolonial theory to Marxist political economy to ‘third-world’ literatures to globalization and imperialism to theories and practices of interdisciplinarity. He translated into Bengali the stories of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and the poems of Stéphane Mallarmé, Vicente Aleixandre, and Roque Dalton, among others. He also translated into English the lyrics of Kabir and the poems of Faiz Ahmad Faiz.
Hussain is also an internationally known public speaker and a frequent subject of media interviews regarding Bangladeshi society, culture, and politics.