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Suchitra Vijayan

Part-time Faculty
714 - 1 Wash Pl

Office Hours
Monday 12:15 TO 1:15 (ADVISING) & 1:15 TO 2:00
Wednesday 12:15 TO 1:15 (ADVISING) & 1:15 TO 2:00

LL.B., Law, The University of Leeds, 2004
M.A., International Relation and Political Theory, Yale University, 2013

Suchitra Vijayan is the author of the critically acclaimed book Midnight's Borders: A People's History of Modern India (Melville House, New York). Her essays, photographs, and interviews have appeared in The Washington Post, GQ, The Nation, The Boston Review, Foreign Policy, Lit Hub, Rumpus, Electric Literature, NPR, NBC, and BBC. She is the founder and executive director of The Polis Project, Inc, a New York-based hybrid research and journalism organization that studies critical human rights and political issues.   Suchitra Vijayan is a Barrister-at-law, writer, researcher & photographer working across research, human rights & visual storytelling. She previously worked for the United Nations war crimes tribunals in Yugoslavia and Rwanda before co-founding the Resettlement Legal Aid Project in Cairo, giving Iraqi refugees legal aid.

Teaching and Research Interests

Research Interest: State Violence; Authoritarian regimes and law; political prisoner; Human Rights; Refugee Law; Forced migration; War; International Relations; and Visual Culture. Teaching: Documenting State Violence; Decolonizing Gaze; Refugee law; Narrative Nonfiction 


2024 Spring

Writing/Righting Violence

Suchitra Vijayan