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Dr. Madhura-Mitu Sengupta is Full Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration, and a member of the Yeates School of Graduate Studies, at Ryerson University. She is program faculty for the MA program in Immigration and Settlement Studies, the York and Ryerson joint MA/PhD Program in Communication and Culture, as well as the MA in Public Policy and Administration and the PhD in Policy Studies.
Mitu has a PhD in Political Science from the University of Toronto (with specialization in Comparative Politics and Political Theory), a Master of Arts in Political Science from McGill University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy, also from McGill University. Prior to moving to Canada for her undergraduate studies, Mitu lived in the US, UK, and India. She is fluent in English, Hindi, and Bengali.
Mitu 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 research engages with the fields of international development, international relations, and political philosophy. It is focused, in particular, on the policy implications and practical consequences of different normative assumptions about development, and on the politics of norm creation in international development. Mitu is working on a number of topics in this vein, such as the creation and implementation of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); the evolution and operationalization of human-rights based approches in international development and international relations; and a book-length project on the shifting normative foundations of India’s economic policy and development strategy.
Mitu is a member of the Human Development and Capabilities Association (HDCA), the International Development Ethics Association (IDEA), and the International Studies Association (ISA), and is on the advisory board of Springer’s Philosophy and Poverty book series. She was a director of Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP), a network of poverty-focused academics anchored at Yale University’s Global Justice Program, from 2012 to 2016, and a director for the Centre for Development and Human Rights (CDHR), a New Delhi-based research and advocacy group, from 2010 to 2017. Mitu has held visiting scholar appointments at several presitigious institutions in India, including Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), the Institute of Economic Growth (IEG), and the Institute of Human Development (IHD). She is currently a Visiting Professor at the Council for Social Development (CSD) and a Senior Adjunct Fellow at Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS).
The undergraduate courses she regularly teaches at Ryerson include POG323 (Politics of Development) and POL128 (Politics and Film).
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English, Hindi, Bengali