standing by my car overlooking the mountains

Shuhita Bhattacharjee

Assistant Professor

Shuhita Bhattacharjee is an Assistant Professor of English in the Department of Liberal Arts. She completed her PhD from the University of Iowa and has been the recipient of several international awards/fellowships that include the Stanley Award for International Research, the Robert L. Platzman Fellowship, the Frederick P.W. McDowell Award, and the Marcus Bach Fellowship. She is currently working on two monographs, a Routledge USA book project on the representation of colonial idols in nineteenth-century British and Anglo-Indian literature and an Orient Blackswan project on Postsecular Theory.

Through her years of teaching in USA and India, she has taught literary and cultural theory, and eighteenth and nineteenth century literature and culture. She completed her PhD from the University of Iowa in 2015 and her teaching/supervision interests include Victorian Literature and Culture, Postsecular Theory, Theories of Violence, Gender, Sexuality & Queer Theory, Theories of Affect, Thing Theory, Posthuman Theory, Studies on Religion and Secularism, Postcolonial Studies, Cultural Studies (in particular, Narratives of Terrorism and the Hijab), Literature and Cinema of the Diaspora, Graphic Novels, Popular Literature and Culture, New Woman Literature, and Anglo-Indian Literature. Her doctoral research is a post-secular reading of late-Victorian literature that aims to complicate the British 'crisis of faith' narrative by looking at portrayals of alternative religiosities in authors such as Richard Marsh, F.Anstey, Philip Meadows Taylor, and the New Woman authors.

Alongside her academic interests, she has published and worked extensively in the social sector at national and international levels in areas such as violence against HIV-positive women, gendered approaches to sex education, gender-sensitive HIV media campaigns, and awareness of workplace anti- sexual harassment laws among university students.

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