Debarati Dutta

Debarati Dutta

Senior Lecturer
Cameron 114


Post-Doctorate Study, Department of English, Texas Christian University
Post-Graduate Certificate in Journalism and Mass Communication, Jadavpur University
Master of Arts, English Literature and Language, University of Calcutta
Bachelor of Arts (Honors, English), University of Calcutta

Areas of Interest

Critical Disability Studies
English Language Policies in Multilingual Societies
Indigenous and Decolonized Paradigms of Writing Education and Research
Rhetorical Theories of Genre
Qualitative Research Methodologies


UWRT 1103 and UWRT 1104 (Writing and Inquiry in Academic Contexts I and II)
LBST 2301: Critical Thinking and Communication in Online Contexts
HONR 3700: Honors College Topics (Food, Culture, Identity)
ENGL 4400/5400: Theory and Practice of Tutoring Writing (Co-Taught with Dr. Cy Knoblauch)

Current Projects

“Chronic Yet Unseen: Making Hidden Disability Visible” (Funded by the 2019 UNC Charlotte 2019-2020 Chancellor’s Diversity Grant Award)
Perils and Promises of Disclosure: The Discursive Construction of Invisibile Disability (Under Review)
“Baro Maashwe Tero Parbon: A Bilingual Ethnography and Memoir of Festival Foodscapes in Rural Bengal”
Pious Offerings: Sacred Foods of Bengal (A Cross-Disciplinary, Multi-Genre Culinary Anthropology of Foods and Festivals in Multi-Religious Bengal)

Research Projects (Selective)

IRB-Approved Feasibility Study for UWRT 1104: Writing and Inquiry in Academic Contexts 1 and II (Online Studio)
“(Just) Beyond First-Year Writing: Understanding Disciplinary Activity Systems through an Analysis of Their Writing Assignments” (Funded by the 2014 UWP Course Release Grant)
IRB-Approved Study of the Impact of a Translingual Curriculum Pilot on Student Writing and Identity

Peer-Reviewed Presentations (Selective)

“Radical Inclusivity.” UNC Charlotte Conference on Writing Studies, UNC Charlotte, Charlotte, NC, October 2019

“Checking Our Assumptions at the Door: Redefining Agency, Identity, and the University through Conscious Responsivity.” Thomas R. Watson Conference, University of Louisville, KY, October 2014

“Emerging Identities in Translingual Spaces: Writers (Re-)Negotiate Race and Nationality.” Biennial Conference of the Rhetorical Society of America, San Antonio, TX, May 2014

“Teaching Other People’s Students: Engaging with Multilingual Writers in English-Only Classrooms.” Conference on College Composition and Communications, Indianapolis, IN, March 2014

“Emerging Identities in Translingual Spaces: Writers (Re-)Negotiate Race and Nationality.” Writing Research across Borders III, Triennial Conference of the International Society for the Advancement of Writing Research, Paris, France, February 2014

“Complicating the Stories We Tell: Thinking Critically about Our Teaching Narratives.” Annual Conference of the North Carolina English Teachers Association, Wilmington, NC, October 2013

“Structures Matter? Exploring the Politics of Writing Transfer within/across Disciplines.” Conference of Writing Transfer, Elon University. Elon, NC, June 2013

“Constituting Global Publics: Transcultural Exchanges in First-Year Writing.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Indianapolis, Indiana, March 2013

“Class Work is ’Real’ Work: Translingual Bridges in First-Year Composition.”  North Carolina Symposium on Teaching Writing, North Carolina State University. Raleigh, NC, February 2013

“Pluralizing First-Year Composition: Classroom Pedagogies for Changing Language  Ecologies.” Annual Conference of the College English Association. Savannah, GA, April 2013

“Local Texts/Global Contexts: Writing Education in a Changing World.” Annual Conference of the National Council of Teachers of English. Las   Vegas, NV, November 2012

“Beyond Instruments, Measures, and Standards: Importing Dialogism and Translingualism into Placement Assessment.” Thomas R. Watson Conference, University of Louisville, Lousiville, KY, October 2012

“A (Non-)Place to Visit: Centering the Writing Center.” North Carolina Symposium on Teaching Writing, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, February 2012