Barnita Bagchi obtained a BA in English Literature from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India, an MA from St Hilda's College, University of Oxford (where she was a Hewitt Exhibitioner), and a PhD from the Faculty of English, University of Cambridge. While at the University of Cambridge, she coordinated the Gender and Literature seminar. Since her college days she has worked actively with feminist institutions and activist organizations, notably the School of Women's Studies, Jadavpur University and Majlis, Mumbai. She is also a translator of Bengali literature into English. Currently a member of faculty at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai, she teaches and researches a range of issues at the interface of gender, education and development in contemporary India, early twentieth-century Bengal and Romantic-era Britain.