Sumita Chakraborty, PhD

Visiting Assistant Professor


Office: Candler Library, Suite 128


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Emory University

Candler Library
550 Asbury Circle

Atlanta, GA 30322


Sumita Chakraborty is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Emory University. She is also a Lecturer in the Department of English and Creative Writing. She received her PhD in English with a certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Emory in 2018. Her fields of interest include poetry and poetics; transatlantic literatures of the long twentieth century; feminist and queer theory; ethics; and the intersections and fissures between critical race theory, gender studies, and ecology studies. Also a poet, she was awarded a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation in 2017 and, in 2018, has been shortlisted for a Forward Prize for Best Single Poem from the Forward Arts Foundation in the UK. She is working on her first scholarly book project, provisionally titled The Poetics of Ethics in the AnthropoceneThe Poetics of Ethics in the Anthropocene argues that the term “Anthropocene” can be best understood as a critical framework for the acts of racialized, gendered, and colonial violence from which our contemporary ecological crises began—and that the rhetoric of lyric poetry offers surprising resources for conceptualizing an ethics robustly equipped to grapple with the epoch’s demands. She is also poetry editor of AGNI Magazine and art editor of At Length. Her poems, public-facing criticism, and scholarship have appeared or are forthcoming in POETRYBoston ReviewThe American Poetry ReviewThe Rumpus, the Los Angeles Review of BooksCultural Critique, and elsewhere. Her first collection of poetry, Arrow, is forthcoming from Alice James Books in the U.S. and Carcanet Press in the U.K. in September 2020. Find more information regarding her work on her website,


Poetry and poetics; twentieth- and twenty-first century transatlantic literature; creative writing,
including craft, editing, and publishing; critical theory, the intersections between gender studies,
critical race studies, and ecology studies; feminist and queer theory; ethics