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Dr. Mitu Sengupta

Sengupta, Mitu



PhD (Political Science): Toronto




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Dr. Mitu Sengupta is an Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration, and a member of the Yeates School of Graduate Studies, at Ryerson University.  She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Toronto and a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - both in Political Science - from McGill University.

For more about Dr. Sengupta, including her research and teaching interests, please visit her personal website.

Research Interests:

Indian market liberalization and development; labour and migration; the politics of sporting and cultural events.

More recent work focuses on human rights and development; global justice; and development ethics.

Selected Publications:


Edited Books

Book Chapters

  • “Civil Society and Anti-Corruption Initiatives in India: Towards A Citizens' Perspective." In Routledge Handbook of Corruption in Asia, eds. Ian Scott and Ting Gong. London UK: Routledge (forthcoming in July 2016)
  • “Way Forward: Priorities for the Post-2015 Development Agenda” [with Thomas Pogge (Yale)]. In Human Development in the Global South: Emerging Perspectives in the Era of Post-Millennium Development Goals, eds. Tanuka Endow, Sumit Mazumdar and Mitu Sengupta, 399-409. New Delhi: Institute for Human Development and Manak Publications Pvt. Ltd., 2014.
  • “Poverty, Inequality and Liberalization: A Tale of Two Indias.” In Civilizing Globalization: A Survival Guide, eds. Richard Sandbrook and Ali Guven, 77-92. Albany NY: SUNY Press, 2014.
  • "Race Relations Light Years from Earth.” In One World Many Cultures, 9th ed., ed. Stuart Hirschberg and Terry Hirschberg, 276-282. New York: Longman, 2015 (published January 2014).
  • “A Million Dollar Exit from the Slum-World: ‘Slumdog Millionaire’s Troubling Formula for Social Justice.” Chapter 6 in The “Slumdog” Phenomenon: A Critical Anthology, ed. Ajay Gehlawat, 69-89. New York: Anthem Press, 2013.
  • "Race Relations Lights Years from Earth."  In Signs of Life in the USA: Readings on Popular Culture for Writers, 7th ed. Sonia Maasik and Jack Solomon, 412-16.  New York:  Bedford/St. Martin's, 2011.

Book Reviews

  • Review of Global Justice and Development by Julian Culp, 215 pp. (Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). Ethical Theory and Moral Practice02 February 2016, DOI: 10.1007/s10677-016-9700-2. 
  • Review of Understanding India's New Political Economy: A Great Transformation? by Sanjay Ruparelia, Sanjay Reddy, John Harris and Stuart Corbridge. (Abingdon, Oxon, UK: Routledge, 2011]. Contemporary South Asia 22:1 (Jan 2014): 108-109.
  • Review of Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo. [New York: Random House, 2012]. Dissent (09 May 2012).
  • Review of South Asia: Rising to the Challenge of Globalization by Pradumna B. Rana and J. Malcolm Dowling. [Singapore: World Scientific, 2009]. Pacific Affairs 83:4 (December 2010): 813-14.
  • Review of India's Middle Class: New Forms of Urban Leisure, Consumption and Prosperity by Christiane Brosius. [New Delhi: Routledge, 2010]. Biblio: A Review of Books XV: 3-4 (March-April 2010): 8-9.

Popular Press & Blogs

  • I've written commentaries for a number of newspapers, magazines, and blogs, including the Guardian, Toronto Star, Kafila, Counterpunch, Dissent Magazine, Ryeberg Curated Video, and Frontline.
  • “Sustainable Development Goals: A Better Pact is Possible” [with Thomas Pogge (Yale)]. Featured Article. Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP): 10 August 2014.
  • “Why India Should Be a Leader in the Fight Against Illicit Financial Flows” (with Rohit Sinha). Centre for Development and Human Rights (CDHR), New Delhi, India. Rights & Development Bulletin 7:3 (July-September 2013): 10-12.
  • Memo to the UN: Accountability is the key to effective development goals” [with Thomas Pogge (Yale)]. The Guardian (Poverty Matters Blog), 20 August 2013.
  • Black Money flows: Time for Global Action.” The Pioneer (New Delhi, India), 27 July 2013, p. 9.
  • “Naming the Seven Billionth Child,”, November 5, 2011
  • Anna Hazare and the Gandhian Ideal,” Dissent Magazine, 23 August 2011.
    •  reprinted on, 30 August 2011.
    • reprinted in Truthout, 02 September 2011.
    • an extended version appeared as “Anna Hazare and the Idea of Gandhi,” Counterpunch, 29 August 2011.
      • reprinted in the Sri Lanka Guardian, 29 August 2011.
      • reprinted in The Journal of Foreign Relations, 30 August 2011.
    • an extended version appeared as “Anna Hazare in the Light of Gandhian Ideals” in Monthly Review’s MRZine, 01 September 2011.
  • A Tale of Two Indias: Twenty Years of Liberalization,” Dissent Magazine, 15 August 2011.
    • reprinted in Truthout, 25 September 2011.
  • “The Language of the Unheard?” The Pioneer, 13 August 2011: Saturday Special, p. 9.
  • “India’s World Class Heist,” Counterpunch, 8 August 2011
    • reprinted in Monthly Review’s MRZine, 9 August 2011
    • reprinted in The Nation (Pakistan), 9 August 2011.
  • “India’s Convenient Villains,” Counterpunch, 02 May 2011.
    • an extended version appeared as “India’s Easy Villains,” Monthly Review’s MRZine, 04 May 2011.
  • “Arjun Sengupta: A Daughter's Tribute,” The Asian Age, 15 October 2010, p. 14.
  • “India’s Games of Shame: Delhi’s Commonwealth Games.” Z Magazine 10:10 (October 2010): 21-24.
  • “Mud, Hubris, and Malevolent Urban Change: India’s Commonwealth Games,” Dissident Voice, 05 August 2010.
    • reprinted in Green Left Weekly (Australia), 07 August 2010
    • reprinted in Canadian Dimension (online), 09 August 2010.
    • reprinted in Canadian Dimension 44:6 (November/December 2010): 14-17.
  • “The Price of Being World Class,” Counterpunch, 30 July - 01 August 2010.
  • “The 2010 Commonwealth Games: Delhi’s Worrying Transformation, Monthly Review’s MRZine, 19 July 2010.
  • “Sex, the City and American Patriotism,” Counterpunch, 18-21 June 2010(Weekend Edition)
    • reprinted in Dissident Voice, 18 June 2010.
  • “Hollywood’s Predatory Altruism,” Monthly Review’s MRZine, 03 March, 2010.
  • “On Slums: Towards a Change in Perspective.” Rights and Development Bulletin - Centre for Development and Human Rights, New Delhi, India 1:16 (February-May 2010): 4-6.
  • “Avatar: Race Relations Light Years from Earth,” Ryeberg, curated video, 01 February 2010.
    • reprinted as “Will Avatar's Racial Politics Bother Oscar Voters?” AlterNet, 03 February 2010.
  • “Bombs, Bombshells, and Bollywood,” Ryeberg, curated video, 25 June 2009.
  • “After India’s Elections: Understanding the Congress Party’s Revival,”, 22 May 2009.
  • “Why Wiping Out Insurgents Won’t Bring Peace to Sri Lanka,” AlterNet, 5 May 2009.
  • “The Bloodbath in Sri Lanka: Why Battering the Tamil Tigers Won’t Bring Peace,” Counterpunch, 27 April 2009.
    • reprinted in Ryerson Free Press, May 2009, p. 13
    • reprinted in La Estrella (Panama).
  • “Hollow Message,” Frontline: India’s National Magazine 26:6 (14-16 March 2009).
  • “The World Bank’s Reforms: Different Image, Same Tune?” Monthly Review’s MRZine, 11 March 2009.
    • reprinted in Mainstream XLVII:44 (17 October 2009)
    • reprinted in Counterpunch, 11 March 2009.
  • “Slumdog Millionaire’s Troubling Policy Implications,” The Toronto Star, 21 February 2009.
  • “Slumdog Millionaire’s Dehumanizing View of India’s Poor,” Counterpunch, 20-22 February 2009.
    • reprinted in Green Left Weekly (Australia), 4 March 2009, p. 21.
  • “What Mumbai Means,” This Magazine, 5 December 2008.
  • “The Challenge of Our Century: Recognizing the Rights of Migrant Workers in Rich Democracies.” Rights and Development Bulletin - Centre for Development and Human Rights, New Delhi, India 1:3 (April 2007): 4-7.
  • “A Summer’s Reading.” The PPALiticus (Newsletter of the Politics and Public Administration Alumni) 1:3 (Fall 2008): 3.
  • “Lagaan’s Oscar Hopes,” The Hindustan Times, 15 January 2002.

Professional Affiliations:

Dr. Sengupta is Global Coordinator at the Centre for Development and Human Rights (CDHR), a non-governmental organization based in New Delhi, India.

Spoken Languages:

English, Hindi, Bengali