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.

Arunima Theraja

Arunima has a major in English Literature from Miranda House, Delhi University. She also has a double masters in both English Literature (from Ambedkar University, Delhi) and Women’s Studies (from University of York, United Kingdom). Arunima has recently completed her PhD titled, “Kaleidoscopic (Re)Belongings: Queer desire in personal narratives by Indian Womxn” at the Centre for Women’s Studies at the University of York, United Kingdom; funded by the Overseas Research Scholarship, and is a Post-Doc Research Fellow at CSGS. Her research is focused on queer desire and its representations and expressions in autobiographical texts and media narratives by Indian womxn. Arunima is interested in exploring desire in feminist Indian literature as well as in the intersections of LGBTQ+ literary research with queer print media archives and queer digital narratives. Arunima is a passionate educator and researcher. She has previously taught at University of York, Inlingua New Delhi and been a research consultant at NGO’s such as Ektara and Pravaah.

Jagriti Jain

Jagriti Jain works as the Deputy Manager at CSGS. They hold a MSc degree in Gender Studies (Applied) from University of Stirling, Scotland. They also majored in English Literature at Christ University, Bangalore. Their research interests include labour and human rights, postcolonial feminisms, and queer phenomenology. They are enthusiastic about contributing to the growth and development of gender and sexuality studies as a field of research and praxis.

Charul Mehndiratta

Charul works as a Workshops Manager at the CSGS. Charul has completed her Master’s in Liberal Studies with a major in Anthropology and has also been a student of the Young India Fellowship at Ashoka University. She is a graduate in social work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences and is deeply interested in the intersection of theory and praxis.

Samreen Mushtaq

(Past Associate)

Samreen Mushtaq holds a 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.

Shreyashi Sharma 

(Past Associate)

Shreyashi worked as a Deputy Manager at the CSGS. She is trained as a lawyer with litigation experience on issues of gender violence. Prior to joining the Centre, she studied at Ashoka University as a Young India Fellow. She continues to volunteer with Just Justice, a Teach for India initiative to increase legal literacy among the underprivileged communities. Alongside other things at the CSGS, she is enthusiastic to focus on the questions raised by the entanglements of the law with gender and sexuality.

Neel Sengupta

(Past Associate)

Neel works as a Deputy Manager at the CSGS. She holds a Master’s degree in Performance Studies from Ambedkar University, Delhi. She likes to think and write about queerness at the crossroads of the textual and the lived. She is also associated with the Womxn Writers Project: an independent publishing guild, which she founded with a group of writers and artists in 2020. Neel is excited to bring her experience as a dance artist to also work specifically at the intersections of performance, art and politics at the CSGS.

Shiv D Sharma

(Past Associate)

Shiv’s association with the CSGS goes back to its inception. He helped in setting up the Centre and worked in various capacities previously for three years; he is currently working with us as a consultant. He has also worked as a critical writing faculty at the Young India Fellowship. Shiv thinks and writes about desires that underpin everyday individual, social, cultural as well as political experiences of people. Shiv has a MA in Historical Studies from the New School for Social Research and is a recipient of Fulbright-Nehru and Inlaks scholarships (2018).

Malavika Goyal

(Past Associate)

Malavika worked 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.

Alankrita Anand

(Past Associate)

Alankrita worked as 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
(Past Associate)

Ishan Mehandru worked 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.

Nandita Dutta
(Past Associate)

Nandita Dutta worked as a 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. She is also the author of F-rated: Being a woman filmmaker in India.