Richa Chilana has been teaching literature and cultural studies for the last thirteen years in various colleges of University of Delhi. She teaches courses on popular fiction, crime fiction, stand-up comedy and singlehood studies at the School of Liberal Studies, UPES.
She did her graduation and post-graduation from Maitreyi and St.Stephen’s College respectively. She completed her doctoral degree at Centre for English Studies, JNU. Her doctoral thesis engaged with the complexities of veiling practices in twentieth century Indian English Writing. She is currently working on the emergence and evolution of stand-up comedy in India. Her edited volumes, Punching Up in Stand-Up Comedy: Speaking Truth to Power (Routledge, 2022) and Politics of Recognition and Representation in Indian Stand-Up Comedy (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming) engage with the aesthetics and politics of comedy.
While teaching in University of Delhi, she organised various seminars and conferences such as National Students’ Seminar titled, “What Do You Meme?”, Inter-College Student Paper Presentation Webinar titled, “Politics of Humour” (2020), Student Monthly seminar titled “Speculations about the Spectacular: Reading Fantasy Films” (2018), Inter-College Student Seminar titled, “Literature’s Engagement with Technology”, as part of Ekphrasis, the annual literary fest of the Department of English. She is also the President of Maitreyi Alumna Association.
Awards and Grants
She was a recipient of POSCO scholarship for scoring the highest grade in the annual examination at Delhi University.
She was conferred the Distinguished Alumna Award by Maitreyi College, University of Delhi.