B.A. (University of Calcutta);
M.A. (University of Delhi);
M.A. (SOAS University of London);
Ph.D. (University of Cambridge)
Dr. Sagnik Dutta is trained in Political Theory, Anthropology, and critical legal studies. He completed his doctoral studies in Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge on a Gates Cambridge scholarship. His doctoral dissertation explores how social movements premised on a pious identity and inspired by transnational Islamic feminist ethics shape liberal categories of citizenship in contemporary India. In his thesis, he also examined how state-directed violence and ghettoisation in the urban space shape new gendered subjects and notions of citizenship in contemporary India. His thesis builds on ethnographic work on women’s courts and activist spaces in Mumbai and a wide range of archival sources of 20th century debates on minority rights in India. His work has appeared in Asian Journal of Law and Society and is under review with other peer-reviewed journals. His research interests are broadly in the fields of Comparative Political Theory, socio-legal studies, gender and sexuality. In his future research, he iis interested in exploring questions of queer citizenship and asylum in Europe as well as questions of working class Muslim subjectivities and the urban space. Prior to commencing his doctoral studies, he worked for many years as a journalist and wrote extensively for many prestigious magazines and newspapers including The Indian Express, The Hindu, and Frontline.