Professor Muthyala studied at Osmania University, Hyderabad, India, and did advanced graduate work at Loyola University Chicago. He has been at the University of Southern Maine for more than a decade. He served as Chair of the English department for four years, and was Principal Investigator of Digital Maine, a collaborative, interdiscplinary two-year project of the Maine Economic Improvement Fund program. He is now leading a new digital humanities Iceland Project designed to incorporate digital media in research and teaching about the North Atlantic.
Professor Muthyala's teaching and research areas are the Digital Humanities, Globalization, and International American Studies. His scholarship includes two books, Reworlding America: Myth, History, and Narrative, and Dwelling in American: Dissent, Empire, and Globalization, and articles in New Global Studies, Cultural Critique, Comparative American Studies: an International Journal, and American Quarterly, among others.
Professor Muthyala is currently finishing a scholarly monograph on the impact of drones and surveillance on American foreign policy, society, and culture.