I am a comics-maker/researcher/writer and a South Asian immigrant based in New York, originally from Calcutta, India.
As a PhD Candidate at Stony Brook University and as a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellow, I am currently drawing my doctoral dissertation as a comic. In both my creative and academic work, I focus on how comics can be utilized by scholars and artists alike in ethnography, in narrative medicine, in public health discourse, in resisting disinformation, and in espousing an equitable future for all.
On the art front, I work in a variety of genres and usually go for a semi-stylized, semi-painterly style. Some of my favorite things to draw are cities and living spaces. I also like turning people into cartoons. As of August 2020, I am in the early stages of drawing a YA graphic narrative called Annie's Song.
You can find my resume here and highlights from my recent work below:
◦ I was awarded a Mellon Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship for my doctoral dissertation "Drawing Unbelonging." You can read more about it here and here.
◦ I am currently co-editing a special collection for The Comics Grid with Jeanette D'arcy. Read the CFP here.
◦ In September 2020, I had the opportunity to be on a Small Press Expo panel (co-sponsored by ICAF) with cartoonists GB Tran and Erin Williams along with the brilliant Qiana Whitted and Jeanette Roan. You can watch it here.
◦ I also wrote for 2020's Eisner winning journal of "Best Comics-Related Journalism" Women Write About Comics. You can here my two part essay here.
◦ One of the best books I read recently is Kiku Hughes' Displacement. I wrote about the genre-blending nature of her graphic memoir here for SOLRAD. Links to my other reviews and writing can be found on my resume.