Center for Writing Studies


Dr. Madhura Lohokare

Associate Professor and Director at Centre for Writing Studies (CWS)

Madhura completed her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Syracuse University, NY. Her doctoral research investigated how geographies of urban exclusion produce young men as gendered and caste-d subjects in the context of the city of Pune, in western India. Her current research interests focus on articulations between urban modernity and upper caste self-making and the politics of urban space. At the Centre for Writing Studies at JGU, she is deeply invested in developing an inclusive pedagogy of critical thinking and writing and in creating methodologies towards a more publicly engaged academic practice. She has published on masculinities and urban space and have recently guest-edited a special issue on masculinities in urban India in an online magazine, “Café Dissensus.” She is currently working on a review article on masculinity and spatiality for an International Handbook on Masculinity Studies contracted to be published by Routledge. 

Shubhasree Bhattacharyya

Assistant Professor, CWS

An artistic researcher, writer, sound-artist, and translator, Shubhasree was awarded her doctoral degree from Jadavpur University in 2015. A Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund PhD fellow and a founder member of the UGC sponsored Kolkata Soundscapes project, Shubhasree has been researching, writing, and speaking on work songs and soundscapes for the last ten years. An Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre grantee, she made a documentary film in her PhD years on songs of peddle husking. She takes special interest in collaborative artistic research projects in the New Media and has created an interactive virtual exhibition on work sounds as part of her post-doctoral archival fellowship with the India Foundation for the Arts and Archives and Research Centre for Ethnomusicology, American Institute of Indian Studies. She has previously worked with University of Delhi, Shiv Nadar University, Ramoji Film City and has been a visiting fellow at Howard University and York University. Her current research and writing revolves around sound, listening, and writing practices.

Dr. Shivani Kapoor

Assistant Professor

Shivani has a doctorate in Political Science from Centre for Political Studies (CPS), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. She obtained her Masters and M.Phil degrees also from CPS, JNU and her Bachelors in Journalism from Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi. Previously she was a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), New Delhi. She has taught at the Academic Writing Program at Shiv Nadar University, Department of Gender Studies, Ambedkar University, Delhi; Department of Political Science and Department of Journalism at Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi. Her research work is located at the intersection of caste, sensory politics and labour and in particular examines the relationship between caste and the senses in the leather industry in contemporary Uttar Pradesh. Her earlier work examined debates around the representations of ‘untouchable’ selves through self-writing and its circulation of Hindi Dalit autobiographies from Uttar Pradesh. She has several publications around issues of caste and gender.

Pankaj Challa

Assistant Professor

Pankaj was trained as an electrical engineer, and has made independent films: but since reading Chekhov, has turned seriously to the art of writing. He holds a PhD in English/Creative Writing from the University of Southern Mississippi, and an MFA from the University of Miami, where he was a James Michener Fellow. Pankaj’s fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in literary journals such as The Iowa Review, Crazyhorse, Saint Ann’s Review, New World Writing, Rosebud Magazine, and Skive Magazine Quarterly. Nonfiction and screenplays have appeared in Grassroots Writing Research Journal and Millennium.


Pankaj has taught English and Creative Writing for several years at various universities in the US, including at the University of Miami and the University of Southern Mississippi. In addition to creative writing, his teaching and research interests include film and screenwriting, theatre, ecocriticism, and modernist Anglo-American and world literature. He has presented his creative work at numerous readings, including at Edith Wharton’s Mount in Lenox, Massachusetts, at Byrdcliffe Open Studios in Woodstock, NY, and at the Festival of Language Reading at the AWP Conference in Chicago. In addition, he has presented his scholarly work on ecocriticism, James Joyce, and Rigveda, at several symposia, seminars and conferences, including at New Directions Conference and (Human) Nature: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Ecotheory and Justice at Illinois State University. His numerous awards include: the Joan Johnson Award in Fiction from the University of Southern Mississippi, and fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Stone Court Writer-in-Residence at Stockbridge, Massachusetts.


Pankaj has served as Guest Fiction Editor at Crazyhorse and as a Fiction Reader for the Mississippi Review. His other interests include hiking and the great outdoors.