Center for Writing Studies


Dr. Madhura Lohokare

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

Dr. 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. 


Dr. Pankaj Challa

Associate Professor

Dr. 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.

Dr. Shivani Kapoor

Assistant Professor

Dr. 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.

Dr. Shubhasree Bhattacharyya

Associate Professor

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. Mohammad Sayeed

Assistant Professor

Dr. Mohammad Sayeed is an urban anthropologist and works on informality, cultural history of Delhi, historical formation of Urdu public and spatial renditions of religion. He also happens to have studied theoretical mathematics and classical Islam. In his doctoral thesis, submitted at Delhi School of Economics, he studied the analytic of congestion to understand the precarious complexes that make the contemporary city spaces possible. He is particularly interested in the question how congestion is not just a physical feature but informs the bureaucratic, emotional and spiritual life of the city. In a recently initiated research endeavor, he is engaging with the realms of senses, particularly smell and touch. In a project, supported by Kiran Nader Museum of Arts, he is exploring how smells contribute in the making of urban relations. He is also a co-founder of Chiragh Dilli, a blog that documents lore and everyday of the city.

Apart from Delhi, he is obsessed with chess and Borges.

Dr. Nupur Samuel

Associate Professor

Dr. Nupur Samuel is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Writing Studies, O P Jindal Global University, Sonepat. From 2011 to 2019, she taught courses on multilingualism, language pedagogy and academic English language to undergraduate and postgraduate students at Ambedkar University Delhi. Her research interests include writing pedagogy, critical thinking, English language assessment and teacher education. Nupur develops teaching-learning materials and tests for English as a Second Language (ESL). Her doctoral work on Dynamic Assessment of writing explored the dialectic nature of assessment and teaching.

Nupur was a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Teaching and Learning Research, Sussex University, U.K (2019). She is an alumna of International Visitor Leadership Program (2013) of the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange programme; she has published and presented at various national and international conferences.

Dr. Jyoti

Assistant Professor

Dr. Jyoti has completed her M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi.  She has specifically delved into the conceptualization and production ‘processes’ of visual images (such as paintings, photographs, and communication media) in her research work.

While understanding the dialogues, collaborations, and contradictions between various standpoints and ‘actors’, her Ph.D. thesis explored the understandings of ‘social’, ‘creativity’, ‘communication’ and ‘participation’ in the making of social advertisements for selected health programmes in India.

Her M.Phil. dissertation discovered the interplay between the idea of creativity and conventionality in the realm of art-making. It focused on the life and work trajectory of an Indian modern artist named Jamini Roy.

Dr. Jyoti has published sections of her M.Phil. and Ph.D. research in the form of a book chapter and journal articles.

Presently, she is exploring the contribution and nature of human-avian interaction with regard to the conceptualization and creation of artwork, and the relationship between art and sustainability.

In addition to being a researcher and a teacher, she is also a painter, a birder, a gardener, and a nature photographer.

Diksha Narang


Diksha Narang is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Sociology, South Asian University where she previously submitted her MPhil thesis. Her PhD focuses on everyday ethics in responses to social crisis and marginality. Her fieldwork is in rural Rajasthan among formerly itinerant communities as they transition towards wage-earning and labor migration in agriculture, construction and mining worksites. She is interested in understanding the intimate worlds of precarious labor and landscapes of poverty. In her doctoral thesis, she examines the way political economy informs experiences and subjectivities in the making of self, family and community. She is keen on exploring the use of story-telling in anthropological writing.

Srishti Malaviya


Srishti comes from an academic background in international politics, with a special focus on the everyday, the mundane, the sensory, and the relational. In her doctoral thesis, written under the aegis of Centre for International Politics, Organisation and Disarmament, Jawaharlal Nehru University, she is exploring the specifically South Asian ways of thinking, imagining, and becoming home in conversation with Partition literature. Srishti is very interested in the theoretical and conceptual exploration of movement and so far she has worked on it in relation to the body, space, imagination, literature, and, in a recently published article, virtual warfare. Outside of research some of Srishti’s interests include in no particular order novels, hiking, film, and coffee.

Sadia Khan

Assistant Lecturer

Sadia has her M. Phil in English literature from the Department of English, Jamia Millia Islamia. The title of her dissertation was, “Representing Muslim identity: A study of Leila Aboulela’s fiction.” She also has her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the same department. She has a teaching experience of over three years now.

She has presented papers in various National conferences on issues like gender, north eastern dilemmas of identity and otherness, religious identity, culture and resistance. Her current areas of interest include Diaspora Studies, Islamic feminism and Post Colonialism.

Shachi Seth

Assistant Lecturer

Shachi has submitted her M. Phil dissertation in Sociology from the Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics. Her dissertation was titled, “Producing/Consuming Nationalism: A Discursive Analysis of the Swadeshi Commodity-Image in India”. She holds Masters degrees in Development Studies and Economics, and has worked as a Research Assistant at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies under Prof. Ananya Vajpeyi. Her research interests lie at the intersection of her interdisciplinary training and are specifically located around the social-anthropology of material cultures and the public sphere, Indian political economy, nationalism, and processes of identity formation.