Dorothy M. Figueira is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Georgia. Her other books include Translating the Orient (1991), The Exotic: A Decadent Quest (1994), and Otherwise Occupied: Theories and Pedagogies of Alterity (2008) and The Hermeneutics of Suspicion: Cross Cultural Encounters with India (2015). She has served as the Editor of The Comparatist (2008–11) and is currently editor of Recherche litteraire/Literary Research. Prof Figueira is an Honorary President of the International Comparative Literature Association, and has served in the past on the boards of the American Comparative Literature Association and the Southern Comparative Literature Association. She has held fellowships from the American Institute for Indian Studies, Fulbright Foundation, and the NEH. She has been a Visiting Professor at the University Lille (France), Jadavpur University (Kolkata), and the Indira Gandhi National Open University (New Delhi).
She is the author of Aryans, Jews, Brahmins: Theorizing Authority through Myths of Identity.