Anindita Basu Sempere


Anindita Basu Sempere studies change of place and poetics in twentieth-century American literature. She completed her PhD at the Université de Neuchâtel in December 2022. Her dissertation, titled Mysterious Geography: Elizabeth Bishop and the Mediations of Place, comprises a case study of Elizabeth Bishop’s move to Brazil and an analysis of how she mediated this change through writing. Anindita combines a digital humanities approach with genetic criticism, using deep maps to follow Bishop's manuscript development spatio-temporally and then studying the texts themselves.

Prior to joining the Institute of English Studies at UNINE, Anindita co-founded The Writing Faculty, an online tutoring company focused exclusively on teaching writing, where she was also the Executive Director. She was the Director of Education of a boutique tutoring company in the United States, and a founding faculty member of a charter school in Cambridge, MA.

Research Interests

Place, poetics, Elizabeth Bishop, digital humanities, genetic criticism

Academic Background

BA in Computer Science and English, Wellesley College

SM in Media Arts and Science from the Future of Learning Group, MIT Media Lab

MA in English from the Creative Writing Program (Poetry), Boston University 

MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, Vermont College of Fine Arts

PhD in Literature, Université de Neuchâtel


2016-2023: Talking Point, Spring semester Wednesdays 12:00-12:45, 13:15-14:00, and 14:15-15:00 in B.1.49

2016-2022: Introduction to Creative Writing, Fall semester Thursdays 12:00-14:00 in B.1.49

2018, 2021-2022: Literature and Writing Workshop, Fall semester Thursdays 10:00-12:00 in B.1.49, Spring semester Thursdays 10:00-12:00 in B.1.49


Research and Publications