Carlo Coppola holds an M.A. in English and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago, where he also completed all course work for the Ph.D. in Linguistics. A specialist in Urdu, Hindi, and Sanskrit literatures he is co-founder/co-editor of Mahfil: A Quarterly of South Asian Literature (1963-72) and editor-in-chief of the Journal of South Asian Literature (1973-2002). In addition to scores of scholarly articles and personal interviews with major twentieth-century South Asian writers, he has published five books, most recently Urdu Poetry, 1935-1970: The Progressive Episode (OUP: 2017) and Another Life: Thirteen Stories and a Play (2018: HarperCollins), translations of works by Hindi writer Mohan Rakesh (1925-72). Retiring after four decades of university teaching, he currently teaches courses on world literature, cultural history of South Asia and the Middle East, the religions of South Asia, and food history in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UCLA.