People

Ankita Nair
Doctoral Student
Email: ankita.nair@iitgn.ac.in

A graduate and postgraduate in English Literature from the University of Delhi, Ankita is pursuing her second year in Doctoral Studies in the discipline of Humanities and Social Sciences here at IIT Gandhinagar. Her areas of interest include theories of Indian aesthetics, literature, and philosophy. She is currently working on the history and varied aspects of the reception of the Indian classical theatre, Kūṭiyāṭṭam.

Ankita R. Shah
Doctoral Student
Email: ankita.shah@iitgn.ac.in

I am a doctoral student in Social Epidemiology at Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar. My doctoral research work focuses on design and impact evaluation of nutrition-related health promotion interventions for children and youth.
My under graduation is in the field of Homoeopathic medicine. I pursued my post-graduation in public health with a specialization in social epidemiology from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. I have worked in capacity of medical officer and as the in-charge epidemic medical officer at the health department, Bhavnagar Municipal Corporation, for three years. I later worked with Deepak Foundation, Vadodara Gujarat. My research work and professional experience include working with the socio-economically disadvantaged population in urban, rural and tribal settings across Gujarat and Maharashtra (Mumbai).

Anusmita Devi
Doctoral Student
Email: anusmita.devi@iitgn.ac.in

Anusmita Devi is a doctoral student in the discipline of Humanities and Social Sciences. With a formal training in Sociology during her undergraduate program in the Delhi University and postgraduate program in Jawaharlal Nehru University, her broad areas of research interests span across social gerontology, gender studies, popular media, culture studies, diaspora, and migration.
Her current doctoral research explores the questions of body, beauty, gender subjectivities and later life identities through an analysis of media representation of older adults in post-liberal India and a cross-national comparative analysis of subjective experiences of age and aging bodies.

Aparna Nampoothiri
Doctoral Student
Email: aparna.nampoothiri@iitgn.ac.in

Aparna works in the field of Cyberfeminism, where she pursues an interdisciplinary approach spanning network analysis and feminist ethnography to study contemporary new media and social network activism. Aparna completed her Masters in English Language and Literature from Madras University and her Bachelors in English from Delhi University. She has presented papers at national and international conferences on topics related to cyborg feminism and feminist science fiction films.

Ashwin Tripathi
Doctoral Student
Email: ashwin.tripathi@iitgn.ac.in

My research interests include areas of Social Anthropology, Sociology of Ageing and Population studies.  Currently, I am working on Social Ageing, Intergenerational Relationships and Caring Responsibilities among Indian families.
I have received my Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from University of Delhi (Hansraj College), where I worked on the socio-cultural aspects of the ‘Bhil’ tribal community in Udaipur. Moreover, I have specialized in Social Anthropology (MA) from Queen’s University of Belfast (United Kingdom). My MA research focused on the Indian Immigrants in the UK and worked on developing care models within the community. I have also worked as an independent researcher with the Indian Community Centre (Belfast) and ArtsEkta.

Ayushi Rai
Doctoral Student
Email: ayushi.rai@iitgn.ac.in

I am a doctoral student in Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar. I have an Honours degree in Political Science from University of Delhi, awarded in the year 2014. I did my Masters in Public Policy and Governance from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad in 2016. I worked as a Research Intern with the World Wide Fund for Nature, Delhi and Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group.
Following my Masters, I was placed in an organization called PRADAN (Professional Assistance for Development Action) and worked as a Development Apprentice in the West Singhbhum district of Jharkhand. Subsequently, I was offered a position of Assistant Manager in Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group.  

Bhavya Chittilanghat
Doctoral Student
Email: c.bhavya@iitgn.ac.in

C Bhavya is a doctoral student in the discipline of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar. She completed her Bachelor’s in English from the English and Foreign Languages University and obtained her postgraduate degree from the Hyderabad Central University. Her interests lie in the workings of the maritime imagination, resulting from the intersection of Literature and Geography, as reflected through a study of narratives.

Camellia Biswas
Doctoral Student
Email: camellia.biswas@iitgn.ac.in

I am a doctoral student in Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Gandhinagar. I have completed my BA (English) from Jadavpur University in 2015 and MA in Environment and Development, School of Human Ecology from Ambedkar University, Delhi in 2017.
I worked as a Research Assistant in a Delhi based NGO named Global Hydrogeological Solution, Delhi (June 2017-January 2018) followed by working in Ambedkar University Delhi as a Research Assistant from March to May 2018. I have presented both my summer internship paper and dissertation thesis of Masters in various International conferences. My research interest broadly lies in human ecology. I am planning to carry out my doctoral thesis on Human-nature interaction. My research mainly focuses on aspects of  social, cultural and political ecology of tribal areas. Other research interests include risk assessment & risk perception study and environmental health.

Dyotana Banerjee
Doctoral Student
Email: dyotana.banerjee@iitgn.ac.in

Dyotana Banerjee is a doctoral candidate in Political Science at Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar. Her doctoral work focuses on spatial segregation and ghettoization in urban spaces and she specifically works on the emergence of caste based marginalized neighbourhoods and space politics in Ahmedabad. She recently co-authored an article titled ‘Caste and Capital in the remaking of Ahmedabad’ in Contemporary South Asia. She holds an MS in International Development from The University of Edinburgh and an MA in International Relations from Jadavpur University. She was awarded the Grant for Outstanding Delegates by Commonwealth Studies Centre to present her doctoral research at University of Cambridge in 2016 and a travel grant from European Association for South Asian Studies to participate in ECSAS 2018. She has co-taught postgraduate level courses namely Critical Perspectives in History, Indian and Western Cultural Theory, and Cultures of Communication as a Graduate Teaching Fellow at IIT Gandhinagar. She has a Diploma in French Language, has been a research intern at Mercy Corps, Edinburgh and worked as a professional Bengali and English translator in the local government and development organizations in the United Kingdom from 2011 to 2013.

Jagriti
Doctoral Student
Email: jagriti.18310020@iitgn.ac.in

I am a doctoral student in Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Gandhinagar. My area of interest lies both in the Socio-political history of the tribal world and the nationalist discourse embedded within the same. I am also interested in studying complex social system of tribes with Christianity and nationalism alongside the constituent assembly debates.
I have a B.A.  in History from Indraprastha College For Women, University of Delhi and an M.A. in History from Hindu College, University of Delhi.

Jahnu Bharadwaj
Doctoral Student
Email: jahnu.bharadwaj@iitgn.ac.in

Jahnu Bharadwaj is a doctoral student in History in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar. His doctoral research looks at the legal history of the British empire in Assam, particularly focusing on the administration of criminal justice. He holds an M. A. and an M. Phil in History from the Department of History, University of Hyderabad, Telangana State, India. His areas of research interest include legal history of colonial India, legal and administrative developments in Colonial Assam, criminal legal Policies, discourses and institutions in colonial Assam, intellectual and cultural discourses in colonial Assam, Assamese Literature.

Jerene George
Doctoral Student
Email: jerene.george@iitgn.ac.in

Jerene works on culinary texts, with an aim to understand the formation and preservation of regional and religious based community cuisines. She has done food centered ethnographic studies in Dalit hamlets in (North Malabar) Kerala, government schools in villages in Gujarat and among the Malayali migrants in Ahmedabad, examining varied aspects of casteism, food policies (women and child development) and migration through the material culture of food. She is interested in taste and class identity construction, and the cultural politics of food.

Mukta Gundi
Doctoral Student
Email: mukta.gundi@iitgn.ac.in

Mukta is a doctoral candidate at IITGN pursuing her PhD in Social Epidemiology. She has completed her Master’s in Public Health from Indiana University Bloomington, USA. Mukta is interested in studying women’s health, adolescent health and social determinants of health inequities. She has been writing fortnightly columns on various topics covering public health issues in India and across the globe in two of the leading Marathi newspapers since 2017.

Prashant Ingole
Doctoral Student
Email: prashant.ingole@iitgn.ac.in

I am a doctoral student working on the Dalit representation and ‘lived’ experience. My research work revolves around graphic narratives, social media, Hindi cinema, and Dalit life narratives.  My research interest includes literary studies, comparative cultural studies, popular culture, and visual and verbal contexts. I am specifically interested in marginal identities and ground realities with a focus on modern Dalit expressions. I have received my bachelor’s degree from Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Arts & Commerce College, Nagsenvana Aurangabad (Maharashtra) with major in English literature, 2006- 2009 and Masters in English literature from Department of English, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University Aurangabad (Maharashtra) 2010-2012. I also have received M.Phil. in Comparative Literature from Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar (2012-2014).

Shivani Sharma 
Doctoral Student
Email: shivani.sharma@iitgn.ac.in

Shivani Sharma is a doctoral student in the discipline of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar. She has a Bachelors degree in English Honours from Delhi University.  She has a Masters degree in English from Panjab University, Chandigarh. Her research interests include Visual Studies, Semiotics, and New media Cultures. In her doctoral research, she is developing analyses on Epic narratives and media platforms.

Srinjoy Ghosh
Doctoral Student
Email: srinjoy.ghosh@iitgn.ac.in

Srinjoy is a doctoral student in Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Gandhinagar. He works in understanding Affect in textual and visual Narratives as part of his PhD candidature at IITGn. He is equally diligent about using General Relativity to understand the Ontology of Death.

Susanna G.
Doctoral Student
Email: susanna.g@iitgn.ac.in

Susanna G. is a doctoral student in Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Gandhinagar. She is a public health researcher focusing her research in the area of digital innovations in health. She is also interested in Health Policies, Health Economics, and Health Equity Research. Susanna graduated from University of Kerala in 2013 with BSc in Nursing and she also holds a master’s degree in public health from JIPMER, Puducherry.

Swati Satish Joshi
Doctoral Student
Email: swati.joshi@iitgn.ac.in

Swati Joshi is pursuing her doctoral studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Gandhinagar on Samuel Beckett’s works. She has a Master of Philosophy in Indian Diaspora, from the Department of Study Abroad Programme and Diaspora Research Center, Gujarat University. She has an M.A. in English Literature from St. Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad. She did her B.A. in English Literature, St. Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad. She also holds an Advanced Diploma in French from Alliance Française, Ahmedabad.
She worked as a Lecturer of English Language and Literature at St. Xavier’s College, from 2016-18. She also worked as a Teaching Assistant, K.S. School of Business Management, Gujarat University, in 2016. She began her career as an Educator at Zydus School For Excellence, Vejalpur in 2014. She has given video lectures at SANDHAN (All Gujarat Integrated Classroom), an initiative by Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education and Knowledge Consortium of Gujarat, Department of Education-Government of Gujarat on Phonetics and Gynocriticism. She has presented and published papers at national and international levels.

Thanglienmang Haokip
Doctoral Student
Email: thanglienmang.haokip@iitgn.ac.in

I am a professional social worker (Master of Social Work) graduated from Pondicherry University, Puducherry in the year 2017. The broad area of my research interest is ‘Sustainable Development’ which can be narrowed down to Indigenous Livelihood, Environment, Social Exclusion, and Inclusive Policies, Youth and Child Development, Women Empowerment, and other areas which fall under development sector. It was through my internship at NERCORMP – III (North-Eastern Community Resource Management Project – Churachandpur) that I developed the interest to do extensive research on indigenous livelihood and environment. Currently, I am pursuing my Ph.D. in Humanities and Social Sciences at Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar.