• Sumita Chakravarty

    Associate Professor of Media Studies


    Sumita Chakravarty 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 Associate Dean in Media Studies from 2011-2014, and as Chair of Culture and Media at Lang College from 2000-2008. 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, most recently in The Routledge Companion to Gender and Cinema (2016). She is currently working on a book on the intersections of media and migration with the working title, Unsettled States: Towards a Media History of Migration. She is also the curator of the website, devoted to extensive archiving of news, information, and multimedia resources on the subject of global migration. Her research interests include media theory, media and globalization, film and national identity, digital cultures, and the history and philosophy of media technologies.



    Degrees Held:

    PhD, Communications, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign;
    PhD, English, Lucknow University, India;
    BA, Lucknow University, India

    Professional Affiliations:

    • Association for Cultural Studies
    • International Communication Association
    • Society for Cinema and Media Studies

    Recent Publications:

    • "Gender in Transit: Framing the (new) Cinema of Migration" in The Routledge Companion to Cinema and Gender, Routledge 2016.
    • "Fragmenting the Nation: Images of Terrorism in Indian Popular Cinema" in Terrorism, Media, Liberation. 2005.
    • "Communications and Community in the Global Era: Revisiting Raymond Williams" in Crossroads in Cultural Studies conference. 2004.
    • "The Erotics of History: Gender and Transgression in New Asian Cinemas" in Rethinking Third World Cinema. 2003.

    Research Interests:

    Migration and media, borders, transnational cinema, race and ethnicity, global cultural studies, media history, critical theory, new technologies and their impact

    Awards And Honors:

    • 2014 Provost's Office Faculty Research Fund Award
    • 2012 New School Faculty Development Grant
    • 2011 New School Faculty Development Grant

    Current Courses:

    Anti-Heroes/Popular Television (Spring 2019)


    Independent Senior Project

    Independent Senior Project (Spring 2020)

    Independent Study

    Independent Study (Spring 2020)

    Mapping Migration

    Mapping Migration

    Media Theory (Spring 2020)

    Photography and the Other (Spring 2020)

    Tech, Power, Social Change (Spring 2020)

    Thesis Proposal

    Thesis Supervision

    Thesis Supervision (Spring 2020)

    Thesis Tutorial (Spring 2020)