Anouska Bhattacharyya, Ph.D.
Anouska Bhattacharyya serves as the Interim Director for the First-Year International Program. Born in Oakland, California, raised in London, England, with a Russian name and Indian parents, Anouska is familiar with the trials and tribulations of moving across international borders. Anouska pursued natural sciences as an undergraduate at the other Cambridge, before turning to the social sciences and research on the history of mental health. She has a PhD in history of science from Harvard, and spent three years as a lecturer for History and Literature before teaching in Women and Gender Studies. Her fall course, Hysterical Women, traces a genealogy of “hysteria”, using Roald Dahl’s The Witches, Michael Jackson’s Black or White, and medical treatises by Hippocrates and Galen. An avid traveller, Anouska loves to recreate the culinary dishes she tasted abroad. She firmly believes inclusion and belonging begin when you share a meal with someone, and is passionate about advocating for and supporting all international students at Harvard.