Sumita Chakravarty | The New School for Public Engagement
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    Sumita Chakravarty

    Associate Professor; Associate Dean


    • PhD, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Communications)
    • PhD, Lucknow University, India (English)


    Chakravarty, Sumita S. IMG

    Cultural theorist, author and editor; essays in several anthologies, including Terrorism, Media, Liberation (2005), Rethinking Third Cinema (2003), and Redirecting the Gaze (Routledge, 1998). She holds a joint appointment with Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts, where she served as chair of Culture and Media from 2000-2008.

    Courses Taught


    • World Film Cultures: Stardom
    • Media Attractions
    • Globalization and Media
    • Immediacy: Online Journal
    • Introduction to Cultural Studies
    • Introduction to Media Studies
    • Third World Cinema
    • Media and Immigration


    Recent Publications

    • “Globalization” in Encyclopedia of Media and Communication, edited by Marcel Danesi. Toronto, Canada: University of Toronto Press, 2010 (in press).
    • “Cultural Studies Legacies: Visiting James Carey’s Border Country.” Invited essay for commemorative issue on James Carey in Cultural Studies/Critical Methodologies (Summer 2009).
    • “Some Thoughts on Teaching Bollywood Cinema.” Invited essay for ‘In Focus’ section of Cinema Journal (Fall 2007).
    • “The Erotics of History: Gender and Transgression in New Asian Cinemas” in Rethinking Third Cinema, eds. Anthony Guneratne and Wimal Dissanayake (London: Routledge, 2003).
    • “Fragmenting the Nation: Images of Terrorism in Indian Popular Cinema” in Cinema and Nation: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Nationalism and National Identity, eds. Mette Hjort and Scott MacKenzie (London: Routledge, 2000).  Included in Terrorism, Media, Liberation, ed. David Slocum (Rutgers University Press, 2005).
    • Editor of The Enemy Within: The Films of Mrinal Sen (London: Flicks Books, 2000)
    • National Identity in Indian Popular Cinema (University of Texas Press, 1993)

    Research Interests

    Working on two monographs: (1) a cultural history of immigration; and (2) a study of the intersections of the erotic and technology