Anjoli Roy


Anjoli Roy

Anjoli Roy, PhD, is a creative writer and instructor in UH Mānoa’s Department of English. She is also the managing editor of the Center for Biographical Research.   Anjoli is from Pasadena, California. After earning a BA from NYU, she worked as an editor for the Feminist Press at CUNY and as managing editor of Women's Studies Quarterly. She earned her MA in English and creative writing at UH Mānoa in spring 2010. After graduation, she returned to New York, where she worked as a grant-writer for Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS), an anti-trafficking organization working to end the commercial sexual exploitation and domestic traffic of girls and young women. She earned her doctorate from UH Mānoa's PhD program in English and creative writing in fall 2017. Her dissertation, a collection of creative nonfiction stories about her family, is titled "Where the Water Is." Anjoli's creative writing has appeared in online literary journals and print publications. For more information about her work, visit her website at


Areas of Interest

creative nonfiction, fiction, postcolonial literature and theory, South Asian diasporic literature and history, ethnic and Indigenous literatures of the U.S., professional editing


2014: J. Watumull Scholarship for the Study of India; John Young Scholarship in the Arts 2014: John Young Scholarship in the Arts 2013–2014: Jagdish P. Sharma Memorial Scholarship 2010: Myrle Clark Award for Creative Writing


2017: PhD, English & creative writing, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa 2010: MA, English & creative writing, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa 2004: BA, Individualized major, New York University


Fall Semester 2016
  • ENG-313: Types of Creative Writing (Truth and Lies in Storytelling: Fiction and Creative Nonfiction)

Summer Semester 2016
  • ENG-311: Autobiographical Writing (Session I)

Spring Semester 2016
  • ENG-100: Composition I
  • ENG-100: Composition I