Prof. (Dr.) Upasana Mahanta is an Professor & Director of the Office of Student Life & Cultural Engagement and Executive Director, Centre for Women, Law & Social Change, Jindal Global Law School and Senior Additional Registrars O.P. Jindal Global (Institution of Eminence Deemed To Be University). Prior to joining Jindal Global University, she was working as an Assistant Professor in Centre for Women’s Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Dr. Mahanta has completed her Ph.D. from Centre for Canadian, US and Latin American Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She was also a Shastri Doctoral Fellow in the Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Mahanta’s research interests include role of women in emergent political institutions; gendered understanding of conflict; women organizing and resisting in insecure contexts; and examining development through a gendered lens.