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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.

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