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Debarati Byabartta

Main Info

Dr. Byabartta has publications in English and Spanish languages, and honors and awards from India, Spain, and the USA. She has taught Spanish language and culture, and Film during her stint at Texas A&M University. She has native fluency in English, Spanish, Hindi, and Bengali, and professional knowledge in Portuguese. She has traveled widely across the world and lived within different, dynamic cultures of four major continents. She is a strong advocate of diversity and inclusion, and representation within academia and society as a whole. 

Education

Dr. Debarati Byabartta recently graduated with her Doctoral degree in Hispanic Studies from Texas A&M University. Born and raised in India, she is a native of Calcutta, the City of Joy. She grew in a multicultural and multilingual environment and extensively traveled within her country. She holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Postgraduate Diploma in Advertising and Marketing Management from Calcutta, India. She served the industry for about three years and worked in a diverse corporate environment. Driven by her penchant and passion for foreign language learning, she pursued Spanish language diploma for three years in Calcutta and later moved to New Delhi to get her Master’s degree in Spanish from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). After degree completion in India, she moved to Madrid, Spain for getting her second Master’s degree in Spanish Literature from Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM/Complutense University of Madrid).

Background & Training

She conducted doctoral research work in contemporary Spanish Literature for two years in Madrid after the completion of her Master’s. She moved back to India for a couple of years where she furthered her doctoral research work within the same area and simultaneously taught Spanish language, literature, culture, translation and interpretation, and Business Spanish to Indian Defense Personnel and MBA students. 

Professional & Creative Work

In 2014, she moved to Texas to pursue her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University, where she specialized in Transnational Film, Media and Cultural Studies within Hispanic Studies. In her dissertation, she worked extensively on Humor Studies and social criticism as portrayed on the twentieth-century silver screen in the USA, Spain, Mexico, and India. The chosen gamut of actors and directors that represented these countries were Charlie Chaplin, Luis Garcia Berlanga, Mario Moreno Cantinflas, and Raj Kapoor. The comparative analysis was based on a close study of sixteen films where Theories of Humor, Bakhtinian Carnivalesque, Rabelaisian Grotesque Realism, and Valle-Inclanesque Esperpento (grotesque) were applied. During her Ph.D. years, she was a Visiting Scholar in Columbia University, New York and a Visiting Researcher in the University of California Los Angeles, University of Southern California, the Margaret Herrick Library/Fairbanks Center for Motion Picture Study, and the Academy Film Archive/Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study. She plans to expand her transnational research work and delve into films from Cuba, Brazil, and Argentina shortly. She is revising her dissertation currently for publication as a book manuscript.