Sumita Chakravarty - Associate Professor of Media Studies
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    Sumita Chakravarty

    Associate Professor of Media Studies

    Office Location:

    Sheila Johnson Design Center


    Sumita Chakravarty is Associate Professor, and former Associate Dean of the School of Media Studies at The New School in New York. She has a Ph.D. in Communications from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a Ph.D. in English from Lucknow University, India. She served as chair of Culture and Media at Eugene Lang College from 2000 to 2008. She is the author of National Identity in Indian Popular Cinema, 1947-1987 (U of Texas Press 1993; Oxford U 1996); The Enemy Within (editor, 2000) and several articles in journals and anthologies. She is currently working on a book on the historical intersections of media and migration. Her research interests include media and globalization, film and national identity, and the history and philosophy of media technologies.

    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