Teaching Philosophy

I have served as an instructor and teaching assistant for undergraduate courses, where my teaching philosophy has emerged as one that centers mutual reflexivity and student autonomy. During my fieldwork year in Mumbai, I taught Masters students in Urban Policy and Governance at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Teaching in a socially and culturally different context at Rutgers and within the intimate space of my Alma mater has made me aware of my positionality as a diasporic scholar. My teaching experience at both the institutions has enriched my political understanding of the intersections between cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity which I embody, as a working-class, first-generation female immigrant to the United States from a small industrial township in India.

Courses Taught

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ)

  • Course Instructor for ‘Expository Writing’ (Composition), Fall 2020

  • Course Instructor for ‘The Urban World’ (Urban Geography), Summer 2016

  • Teaching Assistant for ‘Cities’ (Urban Geography), Spring 2019, Fall 2017, AY 2015-2016

  • Teaching Assistant for ‘Space Place Location’ (Introduction to Human Geography), Fall 2019, Spring 2017

 

School of Habitat Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Mumbai, MH)

  • Lecturer for ‘Qualitative Research Methods,’ AY 2017-2018

Proposed Courses

  • Paper City, Global Urbanisms, Cities of the Global South, Dis/possession