Cara Cilano

200 Linton Hall
479 West Circle Dr
East Lansing, MI 48824


Literary Studies; Global and Diasporic Studies


Cara Cilano is the author of three books on Pakistani literature and has edited a collection of essays on literary representations of September 11, 2001, from outside the United States. She’s also published 17 journal articles and book chapters. She was a Fulbright Visiting Professor of Cultural Studies at Karl Franzens University, Graz, Austria, in spring 2014 and a Fulbright Lecturer at Yanka Kupala University, Grodno, Belarus, in spring 2007. Cilano served as lead-PI on a $1 million U.S. Department of State University Partnerships grant (2014-2016) to link her previous institution with the International Islamic University in Islamabad, Pakistan. 

Since joining the Department of English at Michigan State as Chairperson in 2016, Cilano has joined the Editorial Board of the Michigan State University Press, participated as a Fellow in the Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program, and served as Secretary of the American Institute of Pakistan Studies.

University News

New MSU Arts Living-Learning Program Launches for First-Year and Incoming Students
Published March 16, 2023 in College of Arts & Letters
Michigan State University has launched a new living-learning undergraduate community on campus available to current first-year and incoming students in arts-related majors in the College…Read now »
Planning for the Future of Work
Published June 10, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
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Dear College of Arts & Letters Staff and Faculty, With intention and care, we in the College of Arts & Letters (CAL) are beginning to emerge from what has been a somber and…Read now »
An Open Letter to Our MSU Asian Pacific Islander Desi American and Asian Communities
Published March 19, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
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Dear College of Arts & Letters Students, Staff, and Faculty We stand in solidarity with our Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) and Asian communities in the wake of the racist and…Read now »
New Director of Student Wellness Position Prioritizes Student Mental Health and Care
Published January 19, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
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As students have had to face uncertainty, isolation, and many other daunting experiences, along with corresponding mental health challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a…Read now »
Nicola Imbracsio Named Assistant Director of Assessment
Published August 15, 2019 in College of Arts & Letters
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Nicola Imbracsio has been named Assistant Director of Assessment in the College of Arts & Letters on a three-year appointment, effective August 16, 2019. The position is co-sponsored by…Read now »
Cara Cilano Named Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education
Published April 30, 2019 in College of Arts & Letters
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Dr. Cara Cilano has been appointed Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education for the College of Arts & Letters, effective July 1, 2019. Cilano has served as Chair of MSU’s Department…Read now »
2019 Alumni Board Awards Presented
Published April 1, 2019 in College of Arts & Letters
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College of Arts & Letters faculty and students were recognized for their outstanding achievements in leadership, teaching, innovation, and community engagement at the College of Arts &…Read now »
College Welcomes New Faculty
Published September 9, 2016 in College of Arts & Letters
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This fall, the College of Arts & Letters welcomes many new faculty members, including 11 who are either tenured or in the tenure system. Those faculty members include: Cara…Read now »