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Dr. Mitu Sengupta

Sengupta, Mitu



PhD (Political Science): Toronto




(416) 979-5000 x 4183

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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:

Dr. Sengupta has published widely on Indian market liberalization and development, on labour and migration in India, and on the politics of sporting events and film. Her more recent work focuses on normative concerns in international development and international relations, such as the quest to create universal development goals (like the UN Sustainable Development Goals) and fair climate change and trade agreements. She is interested, in particular, in India’s interventions in these global arenas, and their relationship with domestic normative debates and social movement discourses.

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Book Chapters

Book Reviews

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.  My contributions include the following:

  • “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.
  • “Big Holes in the SDG Draft” [with Gabrielle Köhler (UNRISD Visiting Fellow, Geneva) and Thomas Pogge (Yale)]. CROP Poverty Brief (August 2014): 1-3. [Published by the CROP, Mobilizing Critical Research for Preventing and Eradicating Poverty].
  • 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.
  • A Tale of Two India’s: Twenty Years of Liberalization,” Dissent Magazine, 15 August 2011.
  • “India’s World Class Heist,” Counterpunch, 8 August 2011
  • “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.
  • “Mud, Hubris, and Malevolent Urban Change: India’s Commonwealth Games,” 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)
  • “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.
  • “Bombs, Bombshells, and Bollywood,” Ryeberg, curated video, 25 June 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: Slumdog Millionaire,” 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)
  • “Slumdog Millionaire’s Troubling Policy Implications,” The Toronto Star, 21 February 2009.
  • “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.
  • “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