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CWP Faculty

Director

Dr Anannya Dasgupta

FACULTY TEACHING ASSOCIATE

Deepti Sharma

Visiting Assistant Professor

Dr Mitaja Chakraborty

Assistant Professor of Practice

Neha Mishra

Assistant Professor of Practice

Sayantan Datta

FACULTY TEACHING ASSOCIATE

Shweta Rani

Director

Dr Anannya Dasgupta

PhD, Rutgers University

Dr Anannya Dasgupta directs the Centre for Writing and Pedagogy at Krea University and is Associate Professor in the Division of Literature and the Arts, SIAS. In her dual role she teaches, develops curriculum and writes in both her areas of interests that took shape during her doctoral work at Rutgers University (New Jersey) where she was also a teaching assistant at the Writing Programme. Since 2012 she has been setting up writing centres at various universities in India, developing writing pedagogies especially in academic writing, and training faculty in teaching writing. Her teaching and research interest in literature are in the areas of the British Renaissance drama, Poetry, and Indian Literature in English. She is also a poet, photographer and artist, and often brings these to bear in her writing and teaching. Some of her publications include an academic monograph: Magical Epistemologies: Forms of Knowledge in Renaissance Drama, a collection of co-edited essays on academic writing: Writing in Academia, a collection of poetry: Between Sure Places, and among other anthologised essays, poetry and short stories, the following essay on Shakespeare’s sonnets and the rhetoric of quarrelling: Finding Quarrel in a Straw

FACULTY TEACHING ASSOCIATE

Deepti Sharma

PhD (ongoing), Ambedkar University, Delhi

Deepti Sharma holds an MPhil in Latin American Studies from Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi. She has around 3.5 years of teaching experience, which includes her association with Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi and Delhi University, as Assistant Professor in Literary Studies. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD in Psychology at Ambedkar University, Delhi, where she is using psychoanalysis to look at the question of ‘unconscious’ in revolutionary groups in India and Soviet Russia.

She is reading Freud and Lacan closely to unearth the repressed and renunciate subject of revolution (the revolutionary), who is fashioned in such a way that they ends up mirroring what they seek to dismantle (capital). She is at the moment deeply immersed in the memoirs of Russian revolutionaries like Victor Serge, to recover their ‘pastless pasts’.

Visiting Assistant Professor

Dr Mitaja Chakraborty

PhD, University of Hyderabad

Dr Mitaja Chakraborty has a PhD in Sociology from University of Hyderabad. Her PhD thesis looks at the garment workers’ struggles in the postcolonial globalising economy of Bangladesh. It looks at the interlinked discourses on development, empowerment and labour rights by the state, brands and owners and local activist networks. Her thesis locates the political subjectivity that emerges within the factory floors as well as in everyday spaces as central to the framing of demands and the conflicts and overlaps between the local and international activist networks. She has been a postdoctoral research associate at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali. At IISER Mohali, she has worked in a DST project titled Gender Advancement in Transforming Institutions – GATI, in collaboration with University College London, where she has undertaken extensive research on gender in STEMM institutions that culminated into a self assessment application report for IISER Mohali. She has received an ICSSR travel grant in 2019. She has presented her doctoral work in several national and international conferences. Her research interests include labour process, labour theory, feminist research methodologies, gendered labour and activism and transnational network studies.

Assistant Professor of Practice

Neha Mishra

MPhil English, Delhi University

Neha Mishra is a faculty at the Centre for Writing and Pedagogy, Krea University. She is also the tutoring coordinator for the two tutoring programmes offered by the CWP – Peer Tutoring and WRITE. Before joining Krea-CWP, Neha worked as an editor at the Global Editions division of Pearson Education, NOIDA, where she edited higher education books like Woolfolk’s Educational Psychology 14e, Creswell’s Educational Research 6e, Leedy’s Practical Research 12e, among others. A literature scholar by training, she has received BA(H) in English from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, MA in English from Shiv Nadar University, Greater NOIDA, and MPhil in English from the Department of English, Faculty of Arts, Delhi University. Her research interests include violence against women, women’s writings, literary theory, and feminist theory. 

Assistant Professor of Practice

Sayantan Datta

MSc, University of Hyderabad

Sayantan Datta (they/them) is an Assistant Professor of Practice at the Centre for Writing and Pedagogy, Krea University, and an award-winning science journalist. Originally trained as a neuroscientist, their research and writing interests now lie at the intersections of science, gender, sexuality, caste, and health. They write two columns periodically: one with The Wire (Science) on Science and Gender and another with The News Minute (called The Next Wave) that focuses on contemporary debates around gender and sexuality.

The thematic focuses of Sayantan’s research are gender and sexuality, science education, and science journalism practice. They are particularly interested in documenting and understanding the experiences of gender- and sexually marginalized groups in the Indian science ecosystem.

For their report on gendered hostels in Indian science institutions, Sayantan was awarded the 13th Laadli Media & Advertising Awards for Gender Sensitivity in 2023. Further, their children’s book, The Plant Whisperer (Pratham Books), was featured in Tata Trusts’ Parag Honour List 2023 and shortlisted for the Green Literature Festival Honour List (Category: Children’s Books) 2023.

Sayantan’s work has been supported previously by the National Association for Science Writers, USA, the Transforming Education for Sustainable Futures-India project, and the G3: Genderalities and Work grant from the reFrame Institute of Art and Expression.

FACULTY TEACHING ASSOCIATE

Shweta Rani

PhD (ongoing), Delhi School of Economics

Shweta Rani is currently a faculty at the Centre for Writing and Pedagogy (CWP), Krea University. She is an anthropologist whose research lies at the intersection of medical anthropology, science and technology studies, urban studies and ecological anthropology. She has an undergraduate degree in Life Sciences from Kirori Mal College, Delhi University and Masters in Anthropology from Delhi University. Her MPhil in Sociology at the Delhi School of Economics was a mapping of the emergent developments in the sciences of nutrition, the microbiome and genetics to trace incipient transformations in the notions of the self, of health and pathology in biology but also in more popular cultural paradigms.

She is currently pursuing a PhD in Sociology from the Delhi School of Economics. Her thesis is titled ‘The Urban and the Pathological: Delhi through Epidemics’. Through an extensive ethnographic study of marginalised neighbourhoods, disease-prone communities, municipal offices, public health authorities, and hospitals, the thesis tells the story of a city in the grip of a recurrent dengue epidemic, COVID pandemic, and communal riots in its marginalised areas.

She is dedicated to exploring and expanding the possibilities of academic writing in Hindi. Her popular writing has appeared in Hindi dailies such as Jansatta. Her recent academic writings in English have appeared in journals like EPW and Contributions to Indian Sociology.

Anannya Dasgupta

Anannya Dasgupta directs the Centre for Writing and Pedagogy at Krea University where she is also an Associate Professor of Literature in the Division of Literature and the Arts. Prior to this she set up the Centre for Writing Studies at O.P. Jindal Global University and taught at Shiv Nadar University where her journey in writing pedagogy in India began. She trained in writing pedagogy at the Writing Program at Rutgers University where she also earned her doctorate from the Department of Literatures in early modern literature. Among her publications are Magical Epistemologies: Forms of Knowledge in Early Modern English Drama and a book of poems Between Sure Places (2015). She has also co-edited, along with Madhura Lohokare, a collection of essays Writing In Academia (2019). Her current work is focussed on developing writing pedagogies for the Indian classrooms from school to the university level.

Pritha Chakrabarti

Pritha Chakrabarti is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Writing at the Centre for Writing and Pedagogy, KREA University. Prior to this, she taught writing, research methods, media theory, journalism and film studies at various institutes of Symbiosis International (deemed university). She has conducted several workshops on academic writing, often in collaboration with her CWP colleagues, for research scholars, students and teachers at University of Hyderabad, Ambedkar University, Delhi, GITAM University, Hyderabad, Sanskrit College and University, Kolkata, etc. At present, she also serves as a resource person for Oxford University Press to conduct webinars on “Creative Pedagogy” for school teachers. Before venturing into academia, Pritha has been a journalist with the Times of India and has over six years of experience creating content in the media industry. She has a PhD in Cultural Studies from the English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad and has been researching the intersection of caste, class, labour, gender and nationalism with Indian cinema, screendance and performing arts. Some of her works have been published in journals like Studies in South Asian Film and Media (2020) and South Asian History and Culture (2017) and as a chapter in the edited volume, Popular Cinema in Bengal: Genre, Stars, Public Cultures (2020). Her current research interest lies in the study of digital media, critical pedagogy and online education and as a writing instructor, her heart lies in discovering different reading strategies and using writing as a tool for analysis.

Sameer Abraham Thomas

Sameer Abraham Thomas has been a Faculty Associate at the Centre for Writing and Pedagogy, Krea University since 2019. At Krea, he has taught courses on Writing and Oral Communication and Literature and the Arts, and has also coordinated the first student tutor programme for the Writing and Oral Communication course in the 2020-21 academic year. As an instructor, he is interested in the importance of soft skills in the classroom and experimenting with gamelike pedagogical techniques. His engagement with writing pedagogy began as a writing tutor for undergraduate students at Shiv Nadar University from 2015-16. In 2019, he contributed an essay for Issue 50 of Café Dissensus on Writing in Academia, guest-edited by Anannya Dasgupta and Madhura Lohokare. Since joining Krea, he has made presentations on writing pedagogy at O.P. Jindal Global University and Krea University and helped conduct workshops on academic writing at Indian Institute of Technology Jammu and the University of Hyderabad. He has also worked as a freelance copy-editor and content writer. In 2020, he wrote the note (translated into French) for ‘Thread Through Asia’, the debut Indian exhibition by artist Guyseika. He has written book reviews published in The JMC Review (2019) and Kashmir Ink (2016). His writing has also been included in Looking Back: The 1947 Partition of India, 70 Years On, edited by Rakshanda Jalil, Tarun K. Saint and Debjani Sengupta (2017).

Sayantan Datta

Sayantan Datta is a Faculty Teaching Associate at the Centre for Writing and Pedagogy, Krea University. Originally trained as a neuroscientist, they now dip their feet in science writing, communication and journalism. Their current work critically evaluates science and science practice in India, and lies at an intersection of science, caste, gender, sexuality and health. Their writing has appeared in various forums, some of which include The Wire, Economic and Political Weekly, IndiaBioScience.org, TheLifeofScience.com and The Swaddle. They have also been invited to give public talks at various forums, including the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, Ashoka University, Microsoft, Anveshi Centre for Women’s Studies, DE Shaw and Co, and the University of Hyderabad. They are also a part of the feminist multimedia science collective, TheLifeofScience.com and a committee member at queer/disrupt at the University of Warwick. One can read more about them and what they have written at sayantanspins.com.