Pratiti Ketoki

English - Literature and Cultural Theory, PhD


I am Pratiti, a current first-year Doctoral Student in the Department of English, at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.  My primary track is Literature and Cultural Theory. I am also enrolled in graduate certificates in Women and Gender Studies and Digital Arts and Culture.

I graduated with an MA in Asian Studies at the University of California at Berkeley with an emphasis on South Asia. My interests lie in new media, modern and contemporary Bengali literature, and English and Hindi literature related to modern and contemporary Bengal. I also study comics in Bengal and particularly the impact of the French comic series, Tintin, in Calcutta. My other interests lie in science and technology studies and urban humanities. I also have Graduate Certificates in New Media and Urban Humanities from the University of California, Berkeley.

I have completed Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Studies and Research (DipASR) with an Advanced Major in History and minor in Performing Arts at Ashoka University, India. I completed my undergraduate studies at Ashoka University in 2020 with a major in History and a minor in Creative Writing

I was part of the translation program in the Creative Writing Department at Ashoka University. I translate works from Bangla to English. I am also interested in studying how languages function in social, political, and historical contexts. My first translation, Exiled From Ayodhya (a translation of Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay's Ramayaner Sei Bonobasher Pothe has been published by Bee Books as Exiled From Ayodhya: A journey in search of Ramayana.

My languages are English, Bengali, and Hindi. I have studied elementary French and German.


  • Graduate Teaching Assistantship | Department of English, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee                  Aug’ 23 - Present
    • Fall 2023: ENGLISH 102:001 & ENGLISH 102:002 | College Writing and Research
    • Spring 2024: ENGLISH 102:006 | College Writing and Research
  • Graduate Student Instructor | Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley                     Jan’ 22-May'23
    • Spring 2023: SASIAN R5B 005: India through the Writer’s Eye | Lead Instructor
      Topic: Detectives of West Bengal
    • Fall 2022: SASIAN R5A 004: Great Books of India | Lead Instructor
      Topic: Tagore in our Space: Visions from the 21st Century
    • Spring 2022: SASIAN R5B 003: India through the Writer’s Eye | Lead Instructor
      Topic: Detectives in Indian Literature and Cinema
  • Graduate Student Instructor | Department of  Linguistics, UC Berkeley                                                       May'22-June 22
    • Summer 2022: LINGUIS R1B 002: Endangered Language: Why does Linguistic Diversity Matter?| Lead Instructor
  • Readerships | Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Berkeley      Aug’ 21-Dec’21
    • Fall 2021: War, Empire and Literature in East Asia | Professor Andrew Jones


  • MA in Asian Studies | University of  California, Berkeley, 2023
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Studies and Research| Ashoka University, 2021
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History (2020)| Ashoka University, 2020

Research Interest

  • Gender Studies
  • Travel Literature
  • Detective Fiction
  • Urban Humanities
  • Calcutta
  • Performing Studies
  • South Asia

Awards and Accomplishments