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Deepti Sachdev

Assistant Professor

MA in Social Anthropology, University of Oxford

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School of Human Studies

Education & Research

Deepti Sachdev’s research interests include urban anthropology and application of psychoanalytic work with socially disadvantaged and marginalized communities in India. She is also interested in exploring ways in which education is used in emancipatory ways or as a tool of social control. She has completed her education from University of Oxford, and from Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi. She has been trained in psychoanalytic theory and practice and social anthropology.

Past Employment

Deepti has taught at Lady Shri Ram college for Women at University of Delhi, before joining Ambedkar University Delhi in 2009. She also had a brief stint teaching Psychology at Sardar Patel Vidyalaya which she enjoyed thoroughly. She is also interested in Psychoanalytic therapy.



  • (2019) Caste Away: Recalcitrant Affects and Social Reproduction In Vashist, L. and Sachdev, D. (Eds.), CUSP The Journal (Critical Cultures and Cultural Critiques in Psychology), Issue 3: ‘Affect’. ISSN 2455-152X;
  • (2019) Co-editor, CUSP: The Journal Volume on ‘Affect’
  • (2019) Toys and Teachers. In Vahali, H (Ed) A Song Called Teaching: Ebbs and Flows of Experiential and Empathic Pedagogies: New Delhi: Aakar Books
  • (2019) Three Poems: Mad Institutions; Fifty Shades of Grey; Time In An Inkling The Journal, Issue 1


  • Panel Discussant on ‘Psychoanalytic explorations of Darkness in Culture and Clinic’, at the Fifth International Psychoanalytic Conference, organised by the Centre for Psychotherapy and Clinical Research, Ambedkar University Delhi (January, 2018)
  • Presented a paper on ‘Caste Away: The echolalia of discrimination’ at the annual International Conference of Association for Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society (APCS) on Voice: Psychoanalytic, Cultural and Social Justice Perspectives, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA (October, 2017)
  • Presented a paper on ‘Deleuze, Dream-Catchers and Plagiarism’ at the the 'Third International Deleuze Studies in Asia Conference, 2015' organized by Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities, Manipal, India (June,2015)
  • Invited by the British Council as participant and presenter on ‘Intellectual Property Rights: Whose Research is it?’ in the Global Education Dialogue and Knowledge Park Conference on ‘Research and Relevance – Research networks, Talent management and the quest for international relevance’ Lahore, Pakistan (6-9 May 2014)
  • Invited for a presentation and panel discussion on the theme of ‘Living with Dignity: Care for the Homeless and the Homeless Mentally ill’ at the annual Mental health day event, Awaaz 2015, organised by the Centre for Psychotherapy and Clinical Research, Ambedkar University Delhi (November, 2015)
  • Presented a paper on “Yashoda, Kaushalya, Kunti, Sunayana (?!) : Re-membering the forgotten mother of daughters in the HIndu family' at ‘M(o)ther Trouble’ : An International Conference on the Debates and Representations of the Maternal’, Birkbeck College, University of London (May 2009)
  • “Book review of ‘Analyst in the Inner City’ and its relevance to mental health in the Indian Context” Co-panelist with author Neil Altman, Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Delhi (2008)
  • Resource person for a workshop on ‘Mental Health Training in Adolescence Issues’ with Tibetan mental health workers, for a conference organized by Tibetan Primary Health Center, New Delhi (2006)


  • Discourses on Well-being: MPhil Development Practice, School of Human Studies, AUD
  • Life at the Margins: MA Psychology, School of Human Studies, AUD
  • Childhood, Identity and Society: MA Psychology, School of Human Studies, AUD
  • Ways of Humans: MA Psychology, School of Human Studies, AUD
  • Psychology as a Human Science: MA Psychology, School of Human Studies, AUD
  • Politics, Resistance, Transformation: MA Psychology, School of Human Studies, AUD
  • History of Psychology: BA Hons. Psychology, School of Undergraduate Studies, AUD
  • Understanding Childhood: School of Undergraduate Studies, AUD Psychological Testing: BA Hons. Psychology, School of Undergraduate Studies, AUD
  • Methods in Psychology: School of Undergraduate Studies, AUD


  • 2003-2006 Manzil, Education based NGO for children, New Delhi
  • 2003-2004 Mental health center, University of Delhi
  • 2002-2003 Vidyasagar Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, New Delhi


  • Language skills: English, fluent written and spoken; Hindi, fluent written and spoken; Punjabi, fluent spoken; French, basic written and spoken
  • IT skills: Proficient in use of Microsoft office applications and Moodle

Professionl Activities/Awards

  • Felix scholarship 2006-2007: University of Oxford
  • Junior Research Fellowship Award 2003: University Grants Commission
  • Gold Medalist 2003: MA Psychology, University of Delhi
  • Best Essay National Level: Femina Escada ‘Millennium Woman’ Contest
  • Best Student Award each year1998-2001: BA Hons. Psychology, University of Delhi
  • National Scholarship Merit certificate 1998 : Central Board of Secondary Education
  • Certificate of Merit Top 0.1 % of students in Psychology 1998: All India Senior School Certificate Exam
  • International School Student Extraordinary Merit Award in French 1996 World Development Parliament

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