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In India

I studied English Honours at Presidency College, Calcutta; and did both my Masters and Ph.D from Calcutta University. I specialized in Indian-English literature; and for my doctoral thesis, explored the evolution of the trope of Partition in English fiction of the subcontinent, from the mid-1950s to the late-1980s. I was awarded two Fellowships by the UGC while working on my Ph.D in India – a student Junior Research Fellowship (JRF), and a teacher Fellowship under the Faculty Improvement Program (FIP) of the Xth Plan. From 2001-2007, I taught English Literature in a full-time, permanent capacity, in an undergraduate college (Basanti Devi) in Kolkata.

In the Netherlands

I left my tenured position to join my husband in The Netherlands. Since then, I have been a Postdoctoral Fellow at The International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), Leiden and Amsterdam, and authored two books – South Asian Partition Fiction in English: From Khushwant Singh to Amitav Ghosh (Amsterdam University Press: 2010); and a co-edited ICAS volume, Writing India Anew: Indian English Fiction 2000-2010 (Amsterdam University Press: 2013). I currently teach at Leiden University College (LUC), in The Hague; and at the Leiden University’s Institute of Area Studies (LIAS).