our team

Madhavi Menon (Director)

Madhavi Menon

Madhavi Menon is Professor of English at Ashoka University, and Director of the Centre for Studies in Gender and Sexuality. Her research and writing is on queer theory, and more specifically on issues of desire and identity. She is committed to a non-identitarian politics that takes seriously the desires and fantasies that undergird our everyday lives.


She is the author of two books on Shakespeare, the English Renaissance, and sexuality, the editor of Shakesqueer: A Queer Companion to the Complete Works of Shakespeare,

and the author of a monograph on queer theory and universalism titled Indifference to Difference: Towards a Queer Universalism. Her latest book is titled  Infinite Variety: A History of Desire in India (Speaking Tiger, 2018); it brings together ideas important to queer theory with centuries of thought, philosophy, literature, art, and politics in India.

Nandita Dutta

Nandita Dutta works as Deputy Manager at the Centre. She holds a Masters in Gender Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, where she was a Chevening scholar. Her book, F-rated: Being a woman film-maker in India, is forthcoming in 2019.

Ishan Mehandru

Ishan Mehandru works as an Assistant Manager at the Centre. Prior to joining CSGS, he was a Young India Fellow from the 2017-18 batch and has previously pursued a Bachelors in English Literature from the University of Delhi.

Alankrita Anand

Alankrita is a Deputy Manager at the CSGS. She holds a Master’s in Women’s Studies from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences and a Bachelor’s in Journalism from the University of Delhi. Before joining the Centre, she worked on development journalism and communication projects.

Shiv D Sharma (Past Associate)

Shiv D Sharma worked as the Research and Projects Manager at the Centre. He was also one of the members of the team that prepared the blueprint of the Centre. Shiv has been involved with queer activism in Delhi for many years, and was part of the group running the Delhi-based queer collective called Queer Campus.