Sayantani DasGupta

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Faculty, Master's Program in Narrative Medicine

Columbia University

Sayantani DasGupta is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and a faculty member in the Master's Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University. She is co-chair of the Columbia University Seminar in Narrative, Health and Social Justice and also teaches in the graduate program in Health Advocacy at Sarah Lawrence College. Dr. DasGupta is co-author of The Demon Slayers and Other Stories: Bengali Folktales (1995), author of Her Own Medicine: A Woman's Journey from Student to Doctor (1999), and co-editor of Stories of Illness and Healing: Women Write Their Bodies (2007), and Globalization and Transnational Surrogacy in India: Outsourcing Life (2014). Her work has appeared in publications including Ms., The Lancet, JAMA, Pediatrics, and The Hastings Center Report, and she contributes regularly to online spaces including The Feminist Wire, Everyday Feminism, Racialicious, Adios, Barbie, Sociological Images, The Weeklings, and Salon. She has been working on the issue of transnational surrogacy in India for several years - examining the blogs of North American, European, and Australian bloggers who employ surrogates to carry their genetic fetuses to term. She is an associate editor of the journal Literature and Medicine, and holds an A.B. from Brown University, and an M.D./M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University.