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Nitasha Kaul

(she, her, hers)
Director, Centre for the Study of Democracy (CSD), Professor of Politics, International Relations, and Critical Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Westminster

Professor Nitasha Kaul (BA Economics Honours, SRCC, University of Delhi; MSc (Economics) with a specialisation in Public Policy and a Joint PhD Economics & Philosophy, University of Hull) is a widely-travelled multidisciplinary academic, award-winning novelist, and media commentator. Her interventions on politics, democracy, and human rights have appeared in major international radio, televisual, and print media including BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, DW, France 24, The Guardian, and The Independent. She has wide recognition as a public intellectual, having delivered invited lectures and keynotes at institutions around the world, addressing diverse audiences, including U.S. Congress, U.N, and European Parliament.

She is a Professor of Politics, International Relations, and Critical Interdisciplinary Studies and the Director of Centre for the Study of Democracy (CSD), University of Westminster, London. She has previously been an Associate Professor in Creative Writing in Bhutan and a tenured Assistant Professor in Economics at the Bristol Business School.Her work, over the last two decades, has been on identity, democracy, political economy, technology/AI, Hindu nationalism, rise of the global right, feminist and postcolonial critiques, small states and Himalayan geopolitics, Hindu nationalism, Kashmir, Kerala, and Bhutan.

She is the recipient of multiple research grants and awards for her research, writing, and activism. She is the author of over 145 publications, including 7 single-authored or edited scholarly and literary books, book chapters in numerous critical and ground-breaking edited collections, plus peer-reviewed original research articles in numerous journals across humanities and social science disciplines. Her books include Imagining Economics Otherwise (Routledge, 2007), and political fiction telling the stories of conflict and identity, such as her novel Future Tense (Harper Collins, 2020) and the Man-Asian Literary Prize shortlisted novel Residue (Rainlight, 2014) that was the first novel in English by a Kashmiri woman author. A focus on creating knowledge narratives to raise critical consciousness to build resilient democracies and lift the voices and views that are marginalised resonates through all her work; she highlights the need for social justice and human rights internationally and acts to combat prejudice and challenge the politics of hate.

Across disciplines, geographies, and over the years, the themes that motivate her work are as follows: the need to foreground and critically analyse -- institutions and systematisations of knowledge trajectories (and their link to systems of oppression, discourses of legitimisation, and narratives of dispossession); indigenisations of political expression; the use of memory as a resource; and the understanding of identities as they travel through the disciplining processes of territory and time.

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  • –present
    Reader (Associate Professor), University of Westminster