CWP Faculty

Anannya Dasgupta

Vasudha Katju

Sameer Abraham Thomas

Pritha Chakrabarti

Sayantan Datta

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.

Vasudha Katju

Vasudha Katju is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Centre for Writing and Pedagogy, Krea University. She has a PhD in sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her doctoral research is on the autonomous women’s movement in India, and examines questions of mobilisation, organisation form, and feminist thought and practice within this movement. Her other research projects have been on contemporary Indian feminism, student politics, and academic writing. Her interest in academic writing includes both the stylistic elements and relational aspects of writing. She is interested in understanding narrative in academic writing, and in writing as a way of thinking. She has taught gender studies at Ambedkar University, Delhi, and has also conducted workshops on academic writing for university students. Her writing has appeared in Cafe Dissensus, Firstpost, n+1, and Ladies Finger, amongst others. She also writes fiction.

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).

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.

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.

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.

Vasudha Katju

Vasudha Katju is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Centre for Writing and Pedagogy, Krea University. She has a PhD in sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her doctoral research is on the autonomous women’s movement in India, and examines questions of mobilisation, organisation form, and feminist thought and practice within this movement. Her other research projects have been on contemporary Indian feminism, student politics, and academic writing. Her interest in academic writing includes both the stylistic elements and relational aspects of writing. She is interested in understanding narrative in academic writing, and in writing as a way of thinking. She has taught gender studies at Ambedkar University, Delhi, and has also conducted workshops on academic writing for university students. Her writing has appeared in Cafe Dissensus, Firstpost, n+1, and Ladies Finger, amongst others. She also writes fiction.