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Ranu Roychoudhuri

Visiting Faculty, Plaksha University

Assistant Professor, Ahmedabad University 

Area of Expertise

History of Art & History 

Research Interests

  • Modern and Contemporary Art 
  • History of Photography 
  • Postcolonial Studies 
  • Intellectual History 
  • Print History 


  • PhD, Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, The University of Chicago

Past Associations

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati 
  • Associate Research Scholar and Lecturer, Institute of Sacred Music and Department of History of Art, Yale University
  • Founding Assistant Professor, School of Historical Studies, Nalanda University  


Ranu Roychoduhuri is a scholar of modern and contemporary art in South Asia, focusing on photography, print history, intellectual histories of art, art historiography, and postcolonial studies. She has published in peer-reviewed journals, edited volumes, and art magazines, and her research has been supported by national and international institutions. She curated shows for private and public institutions and taught in the US and Indian higher education institutions. Her scholarship, teaching, and curatorial practices focus on entangled histories of visual aesthetics, photographic techno-materiality, intellectual commitments, and political processes in modern South Asia and foreground the historical interconnectedness of visual cultures that exemplify cosmopolitan artistic practices.

Education and career: 

Roychoduhuri received her Ph.D. in South Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago and began her professional career at Nalanda University. Subsequently, she joined the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati before joining Ahmedabad University. During her tenure at the IITG, she spent an academic year as Associate Research Scholar and Lecturer at Yale University.