Elleke Boehmer is the Professor of World Literature in English, in the English Faculty at the University of Oxford. She is the author of five highly praised novels, the recent The Shouting in the Dark, as well as Screens again the Sky (short-listed David Hyam Prize, 1990), Bloodlines (shortlisted SANLAM prize), and Nile Baby (2008), and of the short-story collection Sharmilla and Other Portraits (2010). Other books include Colonial and Postcolonial Literature (1995, 2005), the biography Nelson Mandela (2008), Stories of Women (2005), and Indian Arrivals (2015).
Boehmer edited the British best-seller Robert Baden-Powell's Scouting for Boys (2004), and the anthology Empire Writing (1998), and has co-edited several books, including J.M. Coetzee in Writing and Theory (2009). A founding figure in postcolonial literary studies, Boehmer is currently the Director of the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities and the General Editor of the Oxford Studies in Postcolonial Literatures Series. She was a Man Booker International judge 2013-15.