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Professor Jayashree Kamblé teaches composition and literature courses in the English department. She is the author of Making Meaning in Popular Romance Fiction: An Epistemology (Palgrave, 2014) and Creating Identity: The Popular Romance Heroine’s Journey to Selfhood and Self-Presentation (Indiana UP, 2023). She has published essays on war and espionage in romance novels (in New Approaches to Popular Romance Fiction, 2012) and on romance novel covers (in Romance Fiction and American Culture (2016). Together with Eric Murphy Selinger and Hsu-Ming Teo, she is a co-editor of The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Romance Fiction (2020). Her recent research on the history of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) American romance authors and editors was supported by grants from the American Council of Learned Societies/Mellon and the Mellon/CUNY Black, Race, and Ethnic Studies Initiative, and appears in the Journal of American Culture, Esferas Literarias and Contemporary Women’s Writing. She currently serves as the President of the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance and often acts as a spokesperson on the genre for articles and podcasts on romance fiction, including the New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Guardian, Vox, CUNY’s Indoor Voices, and Shelf Love.