International Advisory Board
Originally trained in pediatrics and public health, Sayantani DasGupta, MD MPH teaches at the Master's Program in Narrative Medicine, the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society and the Center for the Study and Ethnicity, all at Columbia University. She is the author, co-author or co-editor of several academic books, including Stories of Illness and Healing: Women Write their Bodies (Kent State University Press, 2007), Globalization and Transnational Surrogacy in India: Outsourcing Life (Lexington Books, 2015) and Principles and Practices of Narrative Medicine (Oxford University Press, 2016).
She speaks widely on issues of social justice, race and medicine, has been published in such academic journals and magazines including Journal of Medical Humanities, Lancet, JAMA, Teaching and Learning in Medicine and Literature and Medicine. She is on the editorial board of the journal Literature and Medicine, and involved in several projects through Columbia University's Center for the Study of Social Difference. DasGupta is also a children's author, and her Bengali folktale inspired novel The Serpent's Secret (Scholastic 2018) is the first in the Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond series. The second book in the series Game of Stars, will be published in early 2019, and you can learn more about her work is at www.sayantanidasgupta.com.