Pavitra Sundar is associate professor of literature at Hamilton College. Her scholarly interests span cinema studies, sound studies, postcolonial literary and cultural studies, and gender-sexuality studies. Her scholarship appears in Meridians; Jump Cut; Communication, Culture, and Critique; and the Sounding Out! blog, as well as other journals and anthologies.
Deeply committed to collaborative research and teaching, Pavitra co-organized faculty-staff seminar on sound studies with Celeste Day Moore (History), and a film festival and symposium on Indian cinema at the George Eastman Museum with Anaar Desai-Stephens (Eastman School of Music).
Sundar's co-edited work includes a special issue of South Asian Popular Culture on “Masculinities” with Praseeda Gopinath (Binghamton University) and an upcoming special issue of Feminist Media Histories, co-edited with Debashree Mukherhee (Columbia), on "Decolonial Feminisms."
She is a founding member of the Accent Research Collaborative, and is co-editing a collection of essays Thinking with an Accent: Through Voice, Across Media (University of California Press, Forthcoming) with Pooja Rangan, Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan, and Akshya Saxena. Also on the horizon is her monograph Listening with a Feminist East: Soundwork in Bombay Cinema (University of Michigan Press, Forthcoming).
Sundar is an Ithaca College alum, with a degree in Psychology and English. She earned her joint Ph.D. in Women's Studies and English from the University of Michigan.