Rijuta Mehta

Assistant Professor; Graduate Faculty; Undergraduate Instructor
Jackman Humanities Building, Room 919, 170 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5R 2M8


Areas of Interest

  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Film and Media Studies
  • Feminist Theory
  • Race and Ethnic Studies


Rijuta Mehta is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Toronto. She holds a doctorate from the department of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. She is co-author of 23 Grams of Salt: Retracing Gandhi's March to Dandi (2020), and is currently completing a monograph on forms of anticolonialism.

Office Hours

Tuesdays 11:00am-12:30am

Refereed Articles and Chapters in Books

“Manifest Documentary.” JCMS: Journal of Cinema and Media Studies 63.1 (2023). (Forthcoming November 2023).

“Protest without End.” differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 32.2 (2021): 39-68.
(Most Read Article from September to November 2022). https://doi.org/10.1215/10407391-9309331

“Anticolonial Folly and the Reversals of Repatriation.” Abjection Incorporated: Mediating the Politics and Pleasure of Violence. Edited by Nicholas Sammond and Maggie Hennefeld. Duke UP, 2020, pp. 140-163. https://doi.org/10.1515/9781478003410-008

“Living for the Other Half: Slum Specials on Reality TV.” Studies in South Asian Film & Media 4.1 (2012): 39-59. https://doi.org/10.1386/safm.4.1.39_1

“Foreword: Contesting the Human.” In Mapping Memory in the Wake of the Posthuman: India, Canada, and the World, edited Punyashree Panda, pp. ix-xvii. New Delhi: Bloomsbury, 2023. (Forthcoming 2023, ISBN: 978-93-56402-54-6).

Non-Refereed Articles and Books

“Finding Zinat Mahal,” Hyperallergic. September 27, 2021. (Over 5000 views on release.)

“Brokering Suitability: On Indian Matchmaking.” The LA Review of Books. July 31, 2020. (Most Read #1-3 from July 31 to Aug 7) https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/brokering-suitability-indian-matchma...

Co-authored with Avalos, Natalie, and Sandy Grande et al. “Standing with Standing Rock.” Cultural Anthropology. December 22, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20181213223513/https://culanth.org/fieldsigh...

(With Anuj Ambalal). 23 Grams of Salt: Retracing Gandhi’s Historic March to Dandi. Ahmedabad: Navajivan, 2020, pp. 420. https://books.google.ca/books/about/23_Grams_of_Salt.html?id=86A2zgEACAAJ

Media Interviews

“South Asian College Students Are Fake Marrying for the Vibes,” The New York Times, June 17, 2023. https://www.nytimes.com/2023/06/17/style/fake-weddings-students-south-as...

Book Reviews

“The Long Moment in Racial Justice.” Book Review of Smith, Shawn Michelle. Photographic Returns: Racial Justice and the Time of Photography. Cultural Critique 116 (Summer 2022): 179-187. http://doi.org/10.1353/cul.2022.0029

Untitled. Book Review of Downey, Anthony, ed. Dissonant Archives: Contemporary Visual Culture and Contested Narratives in the Middle East. Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies (2018) 14 (3): 348-350. https://doi.org/10.1215/15525864-7025469

Untitled. Book Review of Gandhi, Leela. The Common Cause: Postcolonial Ethics and the Practice of Democracy, 1900-1955. Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies 16.6 (2014): 926–937. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369801X.2014.959372


BA, Gujarat University
MA, Delhi University
MA, Brown University
PhD, Brown University