Core Faculty

Sen’s book, Haunting Bollywood: Gender, Genre and the Supernatural in Hindi Commercial Cinema (University of Texas Press and Orient BlackSwan, 2017) explores the supernatural in Bollywood cinema, and the varied modes through which it raises questions of film form, history, modernity, and gender in South Asian public cultures. Arguing that the supernatural is dispersed among multiple genres and constantly in conversation with global cinematic forms, she demonstrates that it is an especially malleable impulse that routinely pushes the Hindi popular film into new formal and stylistic territories.

Professor Sen is currently working on a second book on media cultures in South Asia.


Selected Publications:


“The Mirror of Desire: Queerness, Fan, and the Riddles of Paheli.” Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media, Vol. 58, No. 1-2 (Spring/Fall 2017), pp. 173-186.

“Bombay Talkies and the Indian Cinema Centenary.” South Asian Popular Culture, Working Notes: Dossier on the Centenary of Indian Cinema, ed. Anupama Kapse, 13, No. 1 (2015): 77-80.

“From Dostana to Bromance: Buddies in Hindi Commercial Cinema Reconsidered,” in Film and Television Bromance: Culture, Gender, and Sexuality, ed. Michael DeAngelis (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2014), 139-164.

“Terrifying Tots and Hapless Homes: Undoing Modernity in Recent Bollywood Cinema,” LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory, Volume 22, Issue 3, 2011, 197-217.

“‘It’s All About Loving Your Parents’: Hindutva, Liberalization and Bollywood’s New Patriarch” in Bollywood and Globalization: Indian Popular Cinema, Nation, and Diaspora ed. by Rini Bhattacharya Mehta and Rajeshwari

Pandharipande, London: Anthem Press, 2010, 145-168.

AMESALL courses:


Cinemas of Africa and Asia

Literature and Cinema in South Asia

Crossroads: Classical Literatures of Africa, the Middle East and South Asia