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Namrata Mitra, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English

B.A. St. Stephen’s College, India
M.A. Jadavpur University, India
Ph.D. Purdue University

Office Hours: Monday/Wednesday 3:30 - 5 p.m.

Dr. Namrata Mitra specializes in postcolonial literature, literary theory, feminist theory, and social and political philosophy. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, India, where she studied English literature and literary theory, and a Master’s degree in English from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India. She continued her graduate work at Purdue University, where she completed her doctoral degree in the Literature and Philosophy as well as Theory and Cultural Studies program. Before coming to Iona, she taught courses in feminist philosophy and Asian philosophy at John Carroll University in Cleveland. She currently teaches courses in postcolonial literature, and core courses in writing and post-1800 literature.

Dr. Mitra’s dissertation focused on representations of sexual violence in South Asian partition literature. Her current research expands on her graduate work to focus on images of state-sanctioned violence and resistance in South Asian Literature. She has published research on the politics of shame and humiliation in partition violence in a collection of essays titled The Female Face of Shame (Indiana UP, 2013) and with Valentine Moghadam, she coauthored an essay on the contested constructions of gender and sexuality in South Asia, Middle East and North Africa, which has appeared in Islam in the Modern World (Routledge, 2013).