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  • School of Arts and Humanities
    University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh
    House 56, Road 4/A
    Dhanmondi, Dhaka-1209
  • PhD, English,  2008
    School of English and Humanities, 
    Birkbeck College, University of London
    Dissertation: The Shamanic and Bardic Traditions in Contemporary British Poetry
    Catalogued under ETHOS, British Library, uk.bl.ethos.487208
    Supervisor: Prof. William Rowe, 
    Examiners: Prof. Robert Hampson (Royal Holloway) and Prof. Robert Sheppard (Edge-Hill)

    Post-doctoral Fellow, 2013
    University of California, Los Angeles
    Supervisor: Prof. Ali Behdad, Chair, Department of English and Humanities, UCLA

    MA, American Indian Studies, 1999
    University of Arizona
    Thesis: The Coyote:The Trickster Narrative of the New World[GPA 3.89/4.00]
    Supervisors: Prof. Tom Holm and Prof. Nancy Parezo

    MA, English, 1991 (1994)
    Jahangirnagar University, First Class First

Areas of Interest
Contemporary British Poetry, Romanticism, Native American Literature, Occultism, Postmodernism

Prof. Shamsad Mortuza, PhD

Professor & Head


Prof. Shamsad Mortuza has over 22 years of teaching experience. He is a professor (on leave) of the English Department at the University of Dhaka. Prior to joining ULAB, he has taught at many universities including his alma mater Jahangirnagar University, where he was the Chair of the Department of English between 2005 and 2008. As a Fulbright scholar, he pursued his second MA in American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona. For his PhD, he attended Birkbeck College, University of London. His doctoral dissertation "The Figure of the Shaman in Contemporary British Poetry" was published by Cambridge Scholars Publishers in 2013. He also completed his CELTA from St. Giles College, London. In 2013, he received a Fulbright scholarship for the second time to go to UCLA as a senior visiting postdoctoral fellow to conduct research on occultism. He has published numerous articles and book chapters in reputed national and international journals. He has also published a book of poems, Barkode, and a collection of non-fiction pieces, I Spy. He started his career as a journalist for The Daily Star and serves on the editorial boards of Crossings (ULAB), Spectrum (DU), Harvest (JU), Six Seasons Review (Bengal).

Research & Awards

Consultant, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and BISS, for BCIM country report, 2014

Senior Visiting Fulbright Scholar, University of California, Los Angeles 2013

Fulbright Scholarships, University of Arizona, 1997-1999

Jahangirnagar University Higher Studies Scholarships, 2002-2005




Mortuza, S. (2013). The Figure of the Shaman in Contemporary British Poetry, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publication.

Journal Articles

Mortuza, S. (2015). The curious case of Kafka’s Odradek: A trickster in the old world,” Crossings, 6, ULAB.

Mortuza, S. (2014). Coyote and the storyteller: Simon Ortiz revisited." BAAS Journal, Special Martin Luther King Issue.

Mortuza, S. (2014, Summer). Court vs. courtship in Austen's Emma. East West Journal, Dhaka.

Mortuza, S. (2014). Nearing Singularity. [Book Review of The Singularity is Near by Ray Kurzweil]. Crossings, 4/5, ULAB. 

Mortuza, S. (2014). People to people connectivity. Chapter 10. BCIM Country Report. Ministry of Foreign Affairs and CPD, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Mortuza, S. (2009-10). Maggie O’Sullivan: Freeing the female tongue from male traditions. Harvest, 25, Department of English, Jahangirnagar University.

Mortuza, S. (2010). Thomas Chatterton and Barry MacSweeney: The Influence of anxiety. BRAC University Journal. Special Volume.

Mortuza, S. (2007-08). Shamanic poetry: Re-categorisation of mythic rationality. The Jahangirnagar University Review Part C, XX –XXI.

Mortuza, S. Contemporary British poetry: An overview. Philosophical Society of Nepal. Journal of Philosophy: A Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry 2(4), pp. 12-17.

Mortuza, S. The use of land in Momaday’s House Made of Dawn and Silko’s Ceremony. Crossings, 1. ULAB, Dhaka.


Mortuza, S. (2014). People to people connectivity. BCIM Country Report. Dhaka: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and CPD. Chapter 10.

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