Dean of School of Arts & Aesthetics at Jawaharlal Nehru University
Ph.D., Cinema Studies. Ph.D., Cinema Studies. Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, 2005
M. Phil., English. Department of English, Delhi University, 1987
M.A., English.Department of English, Delhi University, 1980
B.A. English Hons . Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University, 1978
Areas of Interest/Specialization:
Film and Historical Trauma; Theories of Trauma, Memory, Violence and
Representation; Partition and Contemporary Communalism; “Historical Poetics” ;
Cinema and Modern Subjectivities; Cinema and Islamicate Cultures, Histories,
Forms and Idioms; Melodrama and Cinematic Forms; Literature and Film
Professor, Cinema Studies at the School of Arts and Aesthetics at JNU, February 2008 onwards.
Associate Professor, Cinema Studies at the School of Arts and Aesthetics at JNU, 2006-2008
Reader, Department of English, Gargi College, Delhi University, Jan 1996- Jan 2006
Senior Lecturer, Department of English, Gargi College, Delhi University, Jan 1996- Jan 2006
Lecturer, Department of English, Gargi College, Delhi University, Sept 1980 – Jan 1996
Scholar in Residence, York University, Canada, June 2013
Visiting Faculty, The Film Program, School of the Arts, Columbia University, New York, April 2011
Visiting Faculty, at the Dip. Studi Politici e Sociali, University of Pavia, Italy, November 2003
Visiting Faculty at Department of Germanic and Romance Studies, Delhi University, 2007-2009
Adjunct Faculty, School of Continuing Education, New York University, the HEOP Program, New York University, 1994, 1995, 1997 and La Guardia Community College, City University of New York, 1994 – 1995.
Teaching Assistant, Department of Cinema Studies, New York University, 1994-1995 and 1997
Visiting Faculty, English Department at South Delhi Campus of Delhi University. July 1987-May 1993 (Graduate courses)
Guest Faculty at Various Film Appreciation Courses and Film Courses at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune; The Whistling Woods International Film School, Mumbai; at the School of Convergence, IMI, Delhi; at the India Habitat Centre; at Jamia Milia Islamia; and at different colleges of Delhi University.
Awards & Honours:
The South / South-east Asian Scholar/Artist in Residence Grant at the Faculty of Fine Arts, York University, Canada, May 2013
2 year Research Fellowship at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML), Teenmurti, New Delhi for the years 2010-2012.
British Academy Short term Grant received jointly with Prof. Christine Gledhill, University of Sunderland, UK for a project on “Melodrama and Indian Cinema: Dialogues on the Trans-nationality of a Cinematic Aesthetic,” Jan- June 2008.
CICOPS Visiting Fellowship at the Dip. Studi Politici e Sociali, University of Pavia, Italy by the University Centre for International Cooperation and Development, University of Pavia, Italy, Nov-Dec 2003.