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Associate Vice Provost, Director of Stanford Introductory Studies

Parna Sengupta

Associate Vice Provost, Director of Stanford Introductory Studies, Stanford Introductory Studies Operations
Parna Sengupta is Associate Vice Provost and Senior Director of Stanford Introductory Studies (SIS), under the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE).SIS curricular programs include: CIvic, Liberal, and Global Education (COLLEGE) first-year requirement; The ESF (Education as Self-fashioning) program for first-year students; SLE and ITALIC, residential program for first-year students; the Introductory Seminars program offers 230+ seminars for first- and second-year students each year; Sophomore College and Arts Intensive which offer intensive seminar courses each year for returning sophomores during the first three weeks of September.

Parna arrived at Stanford in 2008 from Carleton College, where she was an associate professor in South Asian history. Parna’s book, Pedagogy for Religion: Missionary Education and the Fashioning of Hindus and Muslims in Bengal (UC Press, 2011), reveals the centrality of missionary models of schooling on the development of modern education, an influence that resulted in the reinforcement of religion and religious identity in colonial India. Her most recent project is on the early twentieth century feminist thinker Rokeya Hossain.


PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, History (2000)
BA, University of California, Berkeley, History (1993)


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