Supurna Dasgupta

Supurna Dasgupta smiling with a wood panel backdrop
Lindsay Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the Humanities, Postdoctoral Affiliate at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Foster 514
Ph.D. , University of Chicago, 2023
Research Interests: Feminist Literary Criticism, Comparative Literature, Cultural History of South Asia

As a feminist literary critic in English and Comparative Literature and as a cultural historian of modern South Asia, I am fascinated by the interplay between gender, world literature, postcolonialism, and avant-garde experimentations in both my research and teaching. In my current work, I analyze how discourses and norms about gender and sexuality are co-created with cultural products in postcolonial regions and in transnational contexts. I primarily engage with Bengali and Anglophone texts which operate within wider multilingual networks. I offer courses that would interest students of South Asian culture and literature, gender and sexuality, postcolonialism and decoloniality, race and caste in literature, and diasporic and migrant texts. I also teach students of Hindi language and literature.

I successfully defended my doctoral dissertation from the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations in Spring 2023. In my final year as a graduate student, I was the recipient of a dissertation completion award from the Franke Institute for the Humanities as well as a dual residential fellowship from the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture. I was trained in literary studies at the University of Delhi where I completed BA (2012), MA (2014), and MPhil (2016) in English. I have taught several classes at UChicago since 2018 and I have also received the Chicago Center for Teaching’s Certificate for College Teaching. Prior to this, I taught English literature as a fixed-term Assistant Professor at Hansraj College in Delhi between 2015 and 2016.