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Rituparna Mitra is a postcolonial scholar whose teaching and research interests cover comparative literatures of the Global South, trauma studies, environmental humanities, and literary urbanisms. Her book project titled Partition's Enduring Traumascapes in Postcolonial South Asia draws on recent postcolonial Anthropocene frameworks of power stretching across human and non-human forms of existence to rethink post-Partition displacement and belonging through interactions with landscapes and ecologies. Developmental editing on the manuscript has been supported by the Faculty Advancement Funding Grant at Emerson.

Her second project takes her interests in affect studies, ecology, and displacement forward to examine refuge, repair, and resilience in the context of cities in the Global South, particularly through the framework of futurities. She has published articles on repair and futurity in journals such as Postcolonial Studies (2021) and Journal of Urban Cultural Studies (2023)She has a chapter on the migrations of Indo-Islamic performative and listening practices in Partition lyric poetry in an edited volume titled Literary Developments in Post-Colonial South Asia¸ which includes contributions from scholars across Partitioned Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan (forthcoming in 2024).

Rituparna is a member of the Executive Committee of the Global South Forum (Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies) of the Modern Language Association, participates in the Working Group of the South-South Forum at Dartmouth College, and is a member of the Association of Literary Urban Studies. At Emerson, she teaches courses on Postcolonial and Indigenous Environments, Global Literatures of Climate Change, Postcolonial Cultures, Global Cities, The Contemporary Global Novel, among others. 


  • Department Marlboro Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Since 2020


B.A., Presidency College
M.A., Jadavpur University
Ph.D., Michigan State University

Areas of Expertise

  • Postcolonial Studies