Our Collective

We are currently 235 members strong. The Collective includes graduate students, PhD scholars, Early Career Academics, Senior Academics, Researchers, Youth Activists and Practitioners.

Check out our member profiles for this month!

Current Interns


Ahona Das


M.A. English Studies,

Jawaharlal Nehru University

I am an ardent lover of all things fictional and believe after Ursula K Le Guin that fiction is the carrier-bag of life or life-stories. Hailing from Kolkata, I did my Bachelor's in English Literature from Presidency University and recently finished my Masters from The Centre for English Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. My academic interest lies in the intersection between children's literature and comic studies. For my Masters's dissertation, I worked on the representations of child readers in fiction. There are few things in life that I hold dear: the refuge of books, the resilience of friendships, and anything that makes me feel alive. In my free time, I run an online journal called Birdhouse Poetrywatch documenting stories of lesser-known writers, artists and storytellers. 


Talyn Dowdall


B.A. International Development Studies, 

University of Guelph

I am a third-year International Development student, specializing in the subject area of political economy and administrative change. I am also pursuing a minor in business. Through my studies, I've become interested in the politics of Africa and South Asia, and the field of development economics. 


Madhuwanti Mitro


M.A. Development Studies,

Tata Institute of Social Sciences

After completing my M.A. in Development Studies from TISS, I worked with both academicians and grassroots level officials across different states. I assisted them in studies & interventions around weaving clusters, community-based forest management, early childhood care & education, social sector expenditure and nutrition. Additionally, I have worked with self-help groups, Panchayat level institutions, local communities and government officials. My current research interest lies in the intersections between migration and early childhood care & education

Emilie Ponceaud

PhD, University of Bordeaux

My thesis focuses on the diffusion of pre-schooling in South India (Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry). It presents the beginnings of public and free pre-schooling in India from 1975 to the current stakes where
private interests are mixed while the State negotiates the redeployment of its functions. I was PhD candidate from the University of Bordeaux (France), affiliated to PASSAGES laboratory of Social
Sciences and to the Center for South Asian Studies (Paris). The work was carried out through a double position of researcher and teacher, crossing scales, that of the individual first, whose exploration passes through the psychological and subjective dimensions, that of schools and houses then allowing the elements of the decor to be planted, to arrive at the territories of Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry, and finally to apprehend the global scale, by taking an interest in the dissemination of standards on education and early childhood by international organizations such as UNESCO. My current research focuses more broadly on how Indian families view parenting and early childhood in the light of change.

Kajal Kumar Dutta

Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Post-graduation in Statistical Quality Control and Operation Research from Indian Statistical Institute. Having 37 years of professional experience in the Power Sector. Retired from Larsen & Toubro Limited, an Indian multinational company in the year 2019. Presently working as a freelance consultant in the field of Power Sector, Project Management, and Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO). Associate Professor of GSFC University, Vadodara, Gujarat, India. A research scholar from Navrachana University, Vadodara, Gujarat, India. My research topic is related to the Education of underprivileged children as organized by NGOs.

Ajin Thomas

Research/Teaching Assistant at the Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad

Ajin works as a Research and Teaching Assistant at the Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad. He has worked as a school teacher in rural Maharashtra, and has translated children’s books. He is interested in education and Muslim identity in South Asia.

Deepthi Maria

M.A. Education, Tata Institute of Social Studies

My name is Deepthi, and I'm pursuing my M.A in Education from Tata Institute of Social Sciences. I did my bachelor's in English Literature, post which I joined a Fellowship Programme where I had a brief stint as a teacher for two years and taught underprivileged children. My research interest includes Exploring Informal and non-formal Schooling system, Socio-Emotional Learning and Education in Conflict zones.

Ritwika Roy

PhD Research Fellow at the Department of English, Jadavpur University, Kolkata

My doctoral research project is on Mental Health in Contemporary Indian Children's Fiction where I am exploring representations and treatment of psychopathologies in fiction aimed at the middle grade reader. My research so far has focussed on silence theory and race representation in American children’s fiction; and issues of hybridity and constructions of middle childhood in Indian and diasporic children’s fiction.

Ankhi Thakurta

PhD Student, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education
(Reading/Writing/Literacy) in the Literacy, Culture, and International Education Division

Ankhi is a third year doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania GSE, and former middle school English Language Arts teacher. Her research draws on critical sociocultural literacy studies and theories of transnational girlhoods, and explores the civic literacies and identity formation processes of (im)migrant girls around the world. At Penn, she currently manages a research-practice partnership that explores issues of educational equity and access alongside youth and families from historically marginalized communities in the city of Philadelphia. Committed to developing equitable educational opportunities for youth with histories of migration, Ankhi is especially passionate to support the development of socially just civics education.

Rabani Garg

Ph.D Scholar, Literacy, Culture, and International Education, University of Pennsylvania

My research interests include feminist pedagogy, young adult media, literature, and culture, and youth literacy practices. My current work in India focuses on motivations guiding youth authoring and sharing on social media platforms, and digitally mediated sites itself as a tool of surveillance. I have worked in the field of children’s literature, curriculum design and informal education.

Noam Peleg

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales

My research sits in the intersections of international children’s rights law and childhood studies, critically examining child development and the law, focusing on questions of agency and dignity.

Ethiraj Gabriel Dattatreyan

Senior Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, Goldsmiths, University of London

Gabriel's audio-visual and written ethnography engages with the ways in which digital media consumption, production, and circulation shape understandings of migration, gender, race, and urban space. His forthcoming monograph, The Globally Familiar: Digital hip hop, masculinity and urban space in Delhi (Duke University Press), narrates the stories of Delhi’s young working class and migrant men as they productively re-fashion themselves and their city through their online and offline aesthetic practices. Dattatreyan has also published articles exploring digital media worlds in relation to, amongst other themes and concepts, waiting, memory, masculinity, postcolonial solidarity, and global racial formations.

Kriti Budhiraja

PhD Candidate, Sociology & Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change

University of Minnesota Twin Cities

​My doctoral work is an ethnography of college life in a public university in India. I am interested in studying inequality and the everyday life of institutions

Lucy Hopkins

Lecturer, Children and Family Studies at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia

My research is in childhood studies and explores the cultural politics of childhood, including representations of the ‘global child’ and children’s agency in climate action.

Johannes Drerup

Professor,Philosophy of Education, TU Dortmund

I am also a guest professor at the Free University of Amsterdam. My research interests include philosophy of education and childhood, moral and political philosophy and applied ethics. I am also a co-founder of the open access journal On Education and co-edited a handbook on the philosophy of childhood (together with Gottfried Schweiger; 2019, J.B. Metzler). Other recent publications include: Education, Epistemic Virtues, and the Power of Toleration. In: Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy (CRISPP), 2019

Smruthi Bala Kannan

Ph.D. scholar, Childhood Studies Rutgers University-Camden.

My work engages with adolescent children’s lived experiences of cleanliness discourses in Tamil Nadu, India, to explore ways in which ideas of modernity and childhood are negotiated through body, material, and space.

Elizabeth Dillenburg

Assistant Professor, History

Ohio State University at Newark

I teach courses on the history of childhood, colonialism, and gender. My research focuses on the history of girlhood, and my current project examines girls’ culture, labor, and mobility in the British Empire during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Ekta Oza

PhD Scholar, School of Geography, Queen Mary University of London

My PhD focuses on children and young people who take part in protests in Kashmir, India. I'm interested in childhood, political agency, psychoanalysis and affect studies.

Rebecca Swartz

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, International Studies Group, University of the Free State

I am a historian of childhood and education in British imperial contexts. My first monograph, Education and Empire: Children, Race and Humanitarianism in the British Settler Colonies, 1833-1880 (Palgrave, 2019), examined the provision of education to Indigenous children in different parts of the British Empire. I am currently working on histories of children, migration and labour in the context of slave emancipation in the Cape colony.

Diksha Poddar

Research Scholar at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Diksha Poddar is currently a Research Scholar at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, where she is studying the processes of narrativization around youth and peacebuilding in conflict areas. She is currently associated with WISCOMP (Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace), New Delhi as a Consultant. Her interest lies at the intersection of youth, creative arts, peacebuilding, and feminist methodologies. An MPhil in South Asian Studies, Diksha has completed her Masters in Development Studies from Ambedkar University, Delhi and graduation in Political Science and Economics from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi. She also holds a post-graduate Diploma in Conflict Transformation and Peace Building from the University of Delhi.

Gurpreet Kaur

M.A. Society and Culture, IIT Gandhinagar

Gurpreet is currently enrolled in the M.A. Society and Culture program at IIT Gandhinagar. She holds an undergraduate degree in English Literature from the University of Delhi. Her research interests include Modernist Literature, Postcolonial Literature/Studies and Continental Philosophy. She is interested in exploring the intersections between Literature and Philosophy.

Deepty Victor

M.A. in English, Education, and Fine Arts Painting

Deepty Victor was born and brought up in Patna, Bihar. She completed her graduate studies from Patna Women’s College and is an M.A in English (IGNOU), Education (Ambedkar University Delhi) and Fine Arts Painting (Pracheen Kala Kendra). Her interest is in education, research, illustration, storytelling and creative writing. She is a British Council ELTReP awardee 2014. She has a teaching experience as a primary school teacher and as a Lecturer in English followed by several works done with Delhi based NGOS. Also have several published research papers and articles in the field of literature and education. She is part Delhi based author’s group initiated by Ambedkar University Delhi’s students’ #First Readers Group. She founded 'Colourful Story Mind', complete with a youtube channel and even live facebook performances as a storyteller for children. She's published a story book for children titled, 'Enter the World of tales of magic and mystery'.

Ayushi Rawat

Department of Sociology, University of Delhi

About to get my PhD in Sociology, my doctoral work is an ethnography looking at children's everyday experiences in Kashmir's conflict. I am also a trained Social Worker from TISS, Mumbai specializing in working with children and families. As a student coordinator for the Social Outreach and Enabling Centre of Fergusson College, Pune, I have worked closely in developing age appropriate and culturally sensitive teaching aids for activity-based learning for children of migrant construction workers and sex workers' children in Pune. This experience motivated me towards learning and developing child-friendly, creative ethnographic research tools that I used in my subsequent research. My interests include childhood, children's geographies, methods of research with children, ethnography, gender, conflict and resistance, education, interdisciplinary approaches.

Alice Sophie Sarcinelli

F.R.S.-FNRS Research Fellow at Laboratoire
d’Anthropologie Sociale (Irss/FaSS, University of Liège, Belgium)

Alice is specialised in the fields of anthropology of childhood and anthropology of kinship. She is currently conducting research on same-sex families in Italy and Belgium and is as part of the research programme “At the edges of kinship: origins and new familial configurations (2018-2021)”, National Research Agency, Centre
Norbert Elias, France. Her thesis on Roma childhood and parenthood in Italy, undertaken at the École des
Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, was awarded the Richelieu Prize 2015, Prix de la Chancellerie de Paris.

Tanu Biswas

Postdoctoral researcher under the Jr. Professorship for Political Philosophy, University of Bayreuth.
Advisory Board Member of The Childism Institute, University of Rutgers- Camden.

Tanu works on the intersections of philosophy of education, child rights and childhood studies from a childist point of view. Her post doctoral research considers contemporary children's civil disobedience (School Strikes for Climate) as an opportunity to rethink inter-generational relationality in education.

Yamila Rodríguez

Lawyer & PhD Scholar, Department of Law, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

I research the extension of the international obligation of the state to ensure children's rights to participation and access to justice in the criminal justice system, focusing on children who are victims and witnesses of crimes.
My interest in children rights and child-friendly justice comes both from my academic training and my career as a civil servant at a Criminal Court in Buenos Aires, where I´ve worked for more than ten years, seeing how stressful it can be for children to give testimony and how they are frequently left aside in decision making processes.

Vidya Subramanian

Assistant Professor,

Centre for Education, Innovation & Action Research,

Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

My research explores the trajectories of young corporate professionals entering the developmental sector to further aspirations of service, self-making, and entrepreneurship. This extends my doctoral research which studied the Teach for India programme focusing on intersecting discourses of corporate philanthropy, PPPs, and new forms of governance in public education. I have a PhD from the Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. My research areas of interest include education policy and development, PPPs in education, and entrepreneurial cultures among the youth.

Hedi Viterbo

Lecturer (Assistant Professor), School of Law, Queen Mary University of London

​My research investigates legal issues concerning childhood, state violence, and sexuality from an
interdisciplinary and global perspective. Among other things, I critically examine the ways in which
law and human rights conceptualize and shape both childhood and adulthood.

Cyril Brandt

Associate Researcher, Institute of Development Policy, University of Antwerp.

I finished my PhD at the International Development Studies programme at the University of Amsterdam in 2018. I have worked on

(1) the political economy of educational governance, reforms and teacher salaries in protracted crises, particularly the Democratic Republic of Congo and (2) youths, education and peacebuilding. Furthermore, I have analysed teacher governance in violent contexts. More recently, my work has focused broadly on the contested provision of education in humanitarian emergencies.

Sushri Sangita Puhan

Ph.D. scholar, Social Work, University of Sussex, England.

I am a Development Practitioner with ten years of experience working exclusively on issues related to children and youth. I am currently pursuing my doctoral research on adoptive family practices in India, an exploratory study which aims to understand how and why people think, talk and practice adoption in their everyday lives in an environment where adoption is largely unspoken. The research is undertaken in the context of a transitional legal process designed to streamline adoption and an evolving socio-cultural environment that has witnessed increased domestic adoption. I am also a recipient of the prestigious British Government’s Chevening and Chancellor's International scholarship.

The Critical Childhoods and Youth Studies Collective (CCYSC) is a network for scholars and practitioners engaged in the field of research on and with children and youth across South Asia and beyond. 
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