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Gautam Basu Thakur

Associate Professor of English
Director of Critical Theory



  • Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.Phil., English, Jadavpur University, Calcutta
  • Certificate in Critical Theory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.A., English, Jadavpur University
  • B.A. Hons., English, Jadavpur University


Gautam Basu Thakur is a critical theorist working in the fields of comparative cultural studies; postcoloniality and globalization studies; British Literature of the Empire; race and sexuality studies; and world cinema. More specifically, he is interested in theoretical psychoanalysis and its interventions in postcolonial studies; the British Empire and its afterlife in global/transnational literary and (new) media cultures; film; and comparative cultural politics. He is the author of  Postcolonial Theory and Avatar (2015) and Postcolonial Lack: Identity, Culture, Surplus (2020), and co-editor of Lacan and the Nonhuman (2018) and Reading Lacan’s Seminar VIII: On Transference (2020).