Supriya Chaudhuri is Professor of English and Coordinator, Centre of Advanced Study in the Department of English (until June 2013). She was Head of the Department between 1995-97, and also until recently Director, School of Languages and Linguistics. She was educated at Presidency College Calcutta and the University of Oxford, where she graduated with First Class Honours in English in 1975 and completed a DPhil in Renaissance English literature in 1981. She was appointed Assistant Professor at PresidencyCollege in 1975 and moved to Jadavpur as Reader in 1985. She has held visiting appointments at the University of Cambridge and the University of Paris-Sorbonne, and has lectured at many universities in India and abroad. Her areas of interest are Renaissance studies, philosophy, critical theory, sport, cinema, translation, Indian cultural history and modernist studies. Recent and forthcoming publications include Conversations with Jacqueline Rose (co-authored: Seagull/Chicago, 2010); Petrarch: the Self and the World, edited with Sukanta Chaudhuri (JUP, 2012); Sport, Literature, Society: Cultural Historical Studies, edited with Alexis Tadie and J.A. Mangan (Routledge, 2013), and Bankimchandra: Collected Prose, edited with Jasodhara Bagchi (OUP, 2014). She has published many scholarly articles and translated extensively for the series Oxford Tagore Translations. Among courses she has regularly taught are Medieval and Renaissance Literature, Death in Western Civilization, The Novel and Modernity, and The Literature and Culture of Sport. She has an Oxford Half-Blue in badminton and a black belt (shodan) in kyokushinkaikan karate.
Over the past few years, Supriya Chaudhuri has led the CAS in a number of collaborative international projects, including the Leverhulme International Network on Commodities and Culture in the Colonial World, 1851-1914 (with King’s College London, New York University, Exeter University, University of Technology Sydney and Witwatersrand University: 2009-11), the UGC-UKIERI Thematic Partnership on ‘Envisioning the Indian City’ (with Liverpool University: 2013-15), and the European Union Partnership on ‘Strengthening Undergraduate Education in Indian Universities’ (with Hyderabad Central University, Ambedkar University, Shiv Nadar University, King’s College London and the University of Bologna, 2013-15).