Kunal Joshi teaches Critical Writing at the Young India Fellowship. He did his Bachelor’s degree in Physics from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, where he was awarded the Dr. K.Swaminathan Memorial prize for academic proficiency and achievements in extra-curricular activities. He then joined the Young India Fellowship as part of its second batch, which enabled him to make the switch from the natural to the social sciences.
He went on to finish his Master’s in South Asian Studies from the King’s India Institute, King’s College, London, in 2014, where he was adjudged the outstanding student in his Master’s cohort. For his master’s thesis, he studied street vendors, which may be seen as archetypal examples of informality in cities— continually negotiating the law, their claims to citizenship perpetually tenuous—and their relationship with the judiciary. He takes this idea forward as Preceptor for the YIF class of 2016-17, teaching a writing seminar focussing on informality in the city.
Outside academia, Kunal is also a theatre enthusiast. Having started acting on the Delhi University theatre circuit with the Shakespeare Society at St. Stephen’s College in 2009, he has since worked with many Delhi-based theatre companies, including the Tadpole Repertory, Free Parking Entertainment, and Yatrik Theatre. As of 2016, he is also a dramaturg at Crow, which aims to bring immersive theatre experiences to audiences in India.