I'm Anindita. I study change of place and poetics in twentieth-century American literature and currently teach undergraduate creative writing at Olin College.
I recently returned to the United States after over a decade in Lausanne, Switzerland. I was a lecturer at the University of Neuchâtel's Institute of English Studies where I completed my PhD and received a distinction of summa cum laude. My dissertation, titled Mysterious Geography: Elizabeth Bishop and the Mediations of Place, comprises a case study of poet Elizabeth Bishop’s move to Brazil and an analysis of how she mediated this change through her writing. I combine a digital humanities approach with genetic criticism, using deep maps to follow Bishop's manuscript development spatio-temporally and then studying the texts themselves.
I am a co-founder of Place Lab Ltd. In 2016 I co-created and launched Summer of Darkness, an iPhone/iPad app that tells the story of Byron and the Shelleys in Switzerland, when Mary Shelley began to write Frankenstein. The app is a digital humanities project that performs an archive of material in "real" time 200 years later.
Prior to joining the Institute of English Studies at UniNE, I co-founded The Writing Faculty, an online tutoring company focused exclusively on teaching writing, where I was also the Executive Director. I was the Director of Education of a boutique tutoring company in the United States, and a founding faculty member of a charter school in Cambridge, MA.
I have an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in English from Boston University’s Creative Writing Program in Poetry, and an SM from the MIT Media Lab, where I was in the Future of Learning Group. I graduated from Wellesley College with a double major in English and Computer Science.