Mrs Nisha Ghatak

BA in Comparative Literature, MA in Comparative Literature, Doctor of Philosophy, PhD (currently in progress)

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


Nisha Ghatak is a Doctoral Candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of Auckland. She received her BA in Comparative Literature (Honors) from Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India and her MA degree in Comparative Literature (Honors and Distinction) from Central University of Hyderabad, India. Formerly a member of an English Faculty in Hyderabad, Nisha has worked extensively on Women in Indian Theatre and 19th & 20th Century Women's Writing. Her MA thesis in Comparative Literature was focused on 20th Century Courtesan Culture as interpretated through Binodini Dasi's life, a groundbreaking work which was the first of its genre of research in the university.

Prior to joining academia, Nisha undertook significant research on Women's Writing from India and its neighbouring countries. 

As part of an initiative undertaken by the Ministry of Human Resource Development and University Grants Commission, India, Nisha was part of a team of scholars who designed and authored research papers for Postgraduate Study in Literature.

A language enthusiast, Nisha has also co-authored an unpublished work on Translation of Indian Literature from South India, due to be published at the end of 2019.

Currently, Nisha Ghatak is the Doctoral Representative for Student Equity in the Faculty of Arts and a Graduate Teaching Assistant for Global Studies in the Faculty of Arts.

Research | Current

I. Current Doctoral Research Topic -

  • Belonging and Rebellion in Women's Confessional Writings from 20th Century India and New Zealand

II. Publication History -

  • Chattopadhyay, Shakti. "Shakti Chattopadhyay's Abani Bari Achho, Translation from Original Bengali." Trans. Nisha K P. Indian Journal of Comparative Literature and Translation Studies o o (2013): 169. Web.

  • K, Nisha, & Bhattacharya, S. (2017). The Geography of Taste and the Taste of Geography: Food in Amit Chaudhuri’s Fiction. Journal of Department of English, Gauhati University, 5, 115-128.

  • Authored and presented a paper titled “Imperialistic Farce in the Depths of the Congo A Comparative Study of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness and Hergé's Tintin in the Congo” in University of Hyderabad. (2013)

III. Project Work -

  • Part of a Project “EPathshala”  an initiative by Indian Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and University Grants Commission (UGC). The Project aimed at curation and creation of electronic study materials for subjects taught at the University level.
    Author of Comparative Literature Module 16: “The Mahabharata and the Ramayana in Translation” for EPathshala (September, 2016)

  • Part of a Project “EPathshala”  an initiative by Indian Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and University Grants Commission (UGC). The Project aimed at curation and creation of electronic study materials for subjects taught at the University level. Author of Comparative Literature Module: “The Tolkappiyam” for EPathshala (March, 2017)

  • Part of a Project “EPathshala”  an initiative by Indian Ministry of Human Resource Development ( MHRD) and University Grants Commission(UGC). The Project aimed at curation and creation of electronic study materials for subjects taught at the University level. Author of Comparative Literature Module 07 : “Maori Identity in the South Pacific” for EPathshala (November, 2017)


Teaching | Current

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant - Global 100
  • Guest Lecturer - COMPLIT 206/302


  •  Graduated with a Distinction in MA (Comparative Literature) with an average CGPA of 9.0 for the qualifying examination and GPA of 8.9 from Central University of Hyderabad, India. 


Doctoral Students’ Representative for Faculty of Arts - Academic Year 2019

PhD Representative for School of Cultures, Languages and Literatures - Academic Year 2018


Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Committee Member & Co-Editor - Indian Journal of Comparative Literature and Translation Studies (2014-Present)


Contact details

Primary office location

ARTS 2 - Bldg 207
Level 4, Room 406
New Zealand