Sangita Gopal is an associate professor in the Departments of Cinema Studies and English and a faculty member in the Comparative Literature Program.
She directs the CSWS Women of Color Project.
Currently, she is working on two book projects.
The first studies cinema in an intermedial domain that includes TV. Provisionally entitled, Between State and Capital: Hindi Cinema in Transition, looks at the transactions between the Hindi film industry and the state-owned television in India in the 1970s and 80s to understand the role state-sponsored television played in the emergence of New Bollywood cinema.
The second, entitled A Cinema of Friendship: Transnational Film Production and the Social Network, focuses on the decades-long collaboration of James Ivory, Ismail Merchant and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala to examine how informal affiliations and affective ties create an independent, transnational production model that functions outside the state-based, neo-colonialist co-production matrix that c the cinema of newly-decolonized nations in the 1950s and 1960s.
Books and Edited Volumes:
- Conjugations: Marriage and Form in New Bollywood Cinema (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011)
- Intermedia in South Asia: The Fourth Screen. Co-edited with Rajinder Dudrah, Anustup Basu and Amit Rai. (Routledge, 2012)
- Global Bollywood: Travels of Hindi Film Music. Co-edited with Sujata Moorti (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008). Published in Asia by Orient Blackswan in 2010.