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Francesca Orsini, FBA is an Italian scholar of South Asian literature. She is currently Professor of Hindi and South Asian Literature at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.[1][2][3] She previously lectured at the University of Cambridge, before joining SOAS in 2006.[1] For the 2013/2014 academic year, she was Mary I. Bunting Institute Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1998, Orsini married Peter Kornicki, an English Japanologist.[4] Orsini is an Italian citizen, and has not applied for either UK citizenship or permanent residence.[5]


In July 2017, Orsini was elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), the United Kingdom's national academy for the humanities and social sciences.[2]

Selected worksEdit


  1. ^ a b "Francesca Orsini". South Asia Section. SOAS University of London. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Professor Francesca Orsini". The British Academy. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Francesca Orsini". Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Harvard University. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  4. ^ 'KORNICKI, Prof. Peter Francis', Who's Who 2017, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2017; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2016; online edn, Nov 2016 accessed 9 Sept 2017
  5. ^ Fazackerley, Anna (29 August 2017). "Universities abroad headhunting 95% of UCL's top EU researchers, provost says". The Guaridan. Retrieved 9 September 2017.