Stacey Balkan is a PhD candidate in English at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her work focuses on postcolonial ecologies and the politics of representation in the global south—specifically, social realist novels whose narrative terrain is the informal sectors of late capitalism. Stacey’s recent publications include “Representing India’s ‘Suicide Economy’” in Social Text On Line and a forthcoming article entitled “Rogues in the Postcolony: Chris Abani’s Graceland and the Petro-Picaresque” for a special issue of The Global South. She teaches Latin American Literature and courses in the Environmental Humanities at Bergen Community College where she is an Assistant Professor in the department of English and co-chairperson of the college’s Literary Arts Series.