Teaching and Research Positions
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Graduate Teaching Assistantship
ENGLISH 102: College Writing and Research (Fall 2023)
In the most basic terms, English 102 prepares you to undertake research-based writing in your college career and beyond. But, it doesn’t do this by focusing on “research skills”—instead, it teaches you to engage with the complexity of ideas and problems through research, through critical thinking, and with writing. The course focuses primarily on foundational concepts in information literacy to address challenges of researching in the digital age. Its design is based on the premise that college students (you) need to intentionally experiment with, adopt, adapt, and reflect upon a range of new and different approaches to research in order to develop deeper, more facile, and transferable research practices and dispositions that will serve you for the rest of your lives. English 102 further develops your reading, writing, and rhetorical abilities by applying them to new research experiences and concepts. An overarching aim of this course is to help you understand and put into practice the idea that research is a thoroughly rhetorical endeavor. Research is not a linear, rule-driven, or predictable activity. Instead, rhetoric teaches us that all reading, writing, and researching involves making choices based on audiences, purposes, contexts, and needs. The things you will learn, practice, and demonstrate in ENG 102 are interconnected, as rhetoric, writing, and research are all interdependent and inextricable from one another.
University of California, Berkeley
Graduate Student Instructorship
I have developed a project titled India as a Multi-Lingual Space that students in my various courses have contributed to. The central idea lies in the concept that India is a space where multiple languages are used at once and they merge into each other.
Spring 2023: India through the Writers Eye | Lead Instructor
Title of the Course: Detectives of West Bengal
The detective is a curious character in Bengali Literature. From its origins in late 19th and early 20th century London, the detective novel soon migrated to become a major genre in Bengal in the early 20th century Bengal. Calcutta, the major metropolis of British India, remains the epicentre of Detective Novels not just in Bengal but in larger South Asian Literature. In post-colonial India, the detective novel becomes a major form of entertainment that is able to penetrate audiences of all kinds. In the 21st century, there is a renewed zeal for the same within newer audio-visual mediums and it has increasingly become one of the most marketable genres. In this course, we will take a sneak peek into this oeuvre of literature and cinema. Our aim is to see what is unique ‘bengali’ about these detectives and how they are set apart from detectives in other parts of the world. We will also try to analyse the reasons for the genre’s ever-growing popularity and its cultural positioning in modern West Bengal. The syllabus is divided into four modules. The first module will focus on introducing the idea of colonial and post-colonial literature and thinking about what the detective novel means in this context. We will be reading critical texts and early detective literature. The next two sections will focus on two specific detectives: Byomkesh Bakshi and Feluda. They both are major cultural actors in the context of modern Bengal, and therefore we both read books and see films. In the fourth section, we will be looking at newer detectives and mysteries, and how the phenomena have evolved in post-liberalised modernity.
Fall 2022: Great Books of India | Lead Instructor
Title of the Course: Tagore in Our Space: Visions from the 21st Century
I have developed the syllabus for this course, its various assignments, and modules based on a syllabus developed by the Linguistics Department at the University of California, Berkeley.
Title of Course: Detectives in Indian Literature and Cinema: The Goenda, the Jashush, and the Satyanweshi
I have developed the syllabus for this course, its various assignments, and modules.
Fall 2021: War, Empire, and Literature in East Asia | Professor Andrew Jones
This course examines war, empire, and literature in context of imperialism through an eclectic group of literary and cinematic texts from China, Japan, Korea and beyond. The compulsory readings for this course include:
The Stolen Bicycle; Wu Ming Yi
The Rings of Saturn; W.G. Sebald
The Blue Lotus; Hergé
Undergraduate (Ashoka University)
Spring 2021: Science in Society and World 1900-2020 | Professor Kapil Raj
Spring 2021: Poetics in Indian Dance | Professor Navtej Singh Johar
The course will also include a somatic practice as well as visualizations (dharanas) from the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, as it belongs to the same Saiva school out of which emerges the Dhvani school of poetics, to offer a practical lead into the theoretical framework that seamlessly mixes body, sensuality, poetics, and mysticism.
Monsoon 2020: HIS-4204: Making of the Indian Republic | Professor Aparna Vaidik
This course examines the history of India from the Raj's twilight to the early decades of the republic. The students will get a chance to re-examine the familiar story starting from the second world war, the coming of the independence, partitioning of the British Empire, the making of the Indian constitution and the beginning of planned industrialization from a new perspective. This course lies at the intersection of history, politics, literature and sociology where the focus is not just the big political leaders, the state policies, and realpolitik but on the civil society drivers and the lesser-known figures, regional movements, grassroot workers, histories of labour, food and everyday technology. We will begin each segment through a primary source workshop involving an examination of the ephemera of the past such as the newspaper reportage, cartoon, paintings, advertisements, film posters along with regional literature, oral histories, memoirs, theatre and cinema of the period along with etc. I have been working very closely with students through weekly reading groups, along with my co-TA , also helping them in though their blogs and their final assignments.
Summer 2020: CW 1001 Introduction to Creative Writing| Professor Arunava Sinha
This was an introductory Creative Writing course, where students were introduced to the basics of writing through primarily three genres; fiction, narrative non-fiction, and poetry. I worked on helping students through their writings and readings, leading up to the final presentation and portfolio.
Spring 2020: CW 3004 Translation Workshop| Professor Arunava Sinha
This was an intensive pen-on-paper – physical or digital – approach to practical translation of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Students worked on translating large sections from each of these genres, from languages of their choice, into English. Students were translating every week, sharing our translations with one another, critiquing them, and solving translation-related problems that we encountered through discussion and debate. I worked with managing the logistics for the course given that we shifted to online in the middle of the semester, and also helping students with the translation activities in the classroom.
Monsoon 2019: CW 2010 Craft of Writing: The Essay | Professor Sumana Roy
The course focused on the genre of the Creative Essay. The students read an essay – usually, a sub-genre – every week on Thursday. Close reading and discussion were followed by students writing an essay on a similar subject or style. This was discussed in the workshop with written feedback from fellow participants. Apart from creating an awareness of the history of the genre with appropriate examples, the aim of the course was to help students to attempt (‘essay’, after all, comes from a French word which means ‘to try’) as many kinds of essays as they could write during the course of the semester. I worked with the logistics of the course and also helped students with the writing and research for the course through feedback.
"Falling of the Light" | Sumana Roy, February 2020
I worked on bibliographical work for her research project, "Falling in the Light". I looked through secondary material from Bengali cinema and literature, particularly of Satyajit Ray.
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This photograph is taken by Cynthia Rahman