Amrita DasGupta

Visiting Student Research Collaborator

Amrita is a third year PhD student at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, a Visiting Student Research Collaborator at the Department of History in Princeton University supported by the OSUN Graduate Research Mobility Fund. She is also a visiting researcher at the King's India Institute and a guest teacher at the London School of Economics (LSE).

She completed her MPhil titled ‘Bonbibi’s Sundarbans: Tiger Widows and Water-Prostitutes’ from Jadavpur University. It interrogated the impact of/relation between animal-attack widows and the changing norms of widowhood in relation to sex work in the Sundarbans.

Her PhD examines transnational water borders of the Indian Ocean World and trafficking in humans, especially in the mangroves ecosystems expanding from India to British East Africa. 

Amrita's short documentary, “Save the Sundarbans”, was awarded the cinematography award, script and editing award. She has published in journals including the Economic and Political Weekly, Gitanjali and Beyond. As a SOAS Digital Ambassador Amrita regularly writes for the SOAS blog. 

Some of her academic works are listed below:  


“The Need for an Anti-Trafficking Act for Sexual Servitude” (5 February 2020), SOAS COP policy Briefing.

“Sars of History” Gitanjali and Beyond, Issue 5: Creativity Special Issue: The Unity of All Things; ISSN 2399-8733.


“Hydrocultural Histories and Narratives from Sundarbans”, INSEEEES 3(2), July 2020, New Epistemologies of Water. 

The Pandemic, A cyclone: (De)Politicising the “Private” in Bengal” Economic and Political Weekly, Vol 55, Issue No 39, 26 Sept 2020. 

Area of Interest
Borderlands History
Climate History
Environmental History
Gender & Sexuality
Human Trafficking and Sex Work
Indian Ocean Studies