Ritika Kaushik

Cohort Year: 2016
Research Interests: Documentary Film, Government Film, Indian Cinema, Compilation Film/ Found Footage/Appropriation Film, Film Historiography, Film and the Public Sphere, Critical Archival Studies
Education: MPhil in Cinema Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, 2016; MA in Mass Communication, Jamia Millia Islamia, 2012; BA in English Literature, University of Delhi, 2010


Ritika Kaushik is a PhD candidate in the Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago. Her dissertation studies the relation between documentary film, the state, and bureaucracy, through state sponsored documentary film institutions in India during 1960s and 1970s. Her scholarly interests range from documentary film, government film, compilation film/found footage/appropriation film, and are located at the intersection of film historiography, aesthetics, theories of the public sphere, and critical archival studies. Her work has been published in the peer reviewed publication Bioscope: South Asian Screen Studies (2017, forthcoming 2020) and in Economics and Political Weekly Engage (2020) and she has regularly presented papers in national and international conferences like SCMS, Visible Evidence, and Screen Studies Conference.

Kaushik has a background as a media practitioner, has worked as a Research Associate in the Film and Media Infrastructure Program at Sarai, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi (2015-2016), and as an Editorial Assistant for BioScope: South Asian Screen Studies from 2015-2016. Apart from her work as a research scholar, her artistic work has been screened at the Jaipur International Film Festival, Devi Art Foundation’s Sarai Reader 9: The Exhibition, Sarai-CSDS, and the Screen Share Video Gallery at the University of Chicago. Kaushik has programmed films at the Film Studies Center at the University of Chicago through their curatorial grant and at Sarai-Center for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi.

Previous Education


  • M.Phil, Cinema & Media Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
  • M.A. Mass Communication, Jamia Millia Islamia University, India
  • B.A. English Literature (Honors) University of Delhi, India

Teaching Experience

  • Introduction to Film, Lecturer - Spring 2021
  • Film and the Moving Image, CA - Spring 2020
  • History of International Cinema, Part I: The Silent Era, CA - Autumn 2019
  • Documentary Production I, CA - Autumn 2018