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.

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.

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.

Samreen Mushtaq

Samreen Mushtaq is a recent PhD in Political Science from Jamia Millia Islamia, and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Studies in Gender and Sexuality. Prior to joining the Centre, she worked at The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy, and Mobile Creches. Her research and writing focuses on gender and armed conflict, specifically on Kashmir, and sexual violence as a weapon of war. Her writings have appeared in Economic and Political Weekly, Contemporary South Asia, LSE Engenderings, The Caravan, Al Jazeera, Jacobin, and Open Democracy.

Malavika Goyal

Malavika works as the Workshop Facilitator at the Centre. She conducts sessions on sexuality, gender and consent in universities, schools and workplaces across the country. She uses movement and art to facilitate therapeutic spaces. She holds a masters degree in Women’s Studies from TISS, Mumbai.

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.

Nandita Dutta
(Past Associate)

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.