Mitul Baruah

Mitul Baruah

I have been teaching at Ashoka University since 2016. During this period, I have offered a wide range of courses within the departments of Sociology and Anthropology and Environmental Studies. Prior to this, I taught at Syracuse University both as an Instructor and a Teaching Assistant.

I find teaching to be the most rewarding part of my professional life. There’s nothing more invigorating than preparing for each class, engaging with students, discussing and debating different ideas, being challenged by students, and the experience of learning and unlearning in this process.

My teaching philosophy is broadly centered around three things: (a) a pragmatic assessment of students’ capacities, based on an awareness of structural inequality, (b) engaging with theories and abstract concepts by situating them in the context of the real-world, and (c) instilling a sense of environmental citizenship in students.

The following is a list of courses that I have taught at different institutions over the years. I am happy to share my syllabi with anyone who writes to me directly.

Ashoka University
Agrarian Worlds: Land, Culture and Power
Anthropology of Disaster and Vulnerability
State, Stateless Societies, and Problems of Power
Political Ecology and the Modes of Resistance
The Right to Water
Nature’s Futures
Introduction to Environmental Studies
Social Movements: Theory and Practice
Society and Social Inequality
Environment and Society

Syracuse University
Environment and Society (Instructor)
Introduction to Human Geography (Instructor)
Environment and Development in the Global South (Instructor)

Sustainability Advances: The Grand Challenge of Climate Change (Teaching Assistant)
Environment and Society (Teaching Assistant)
America and the Global Environment (Teaching Assistant)
Introduction to Human Geography (Teaching Assistant)

Guest Lectures
2023. “Political Ecology: Reflections from the Global South.” Connected Sociologies Curriculum project. Available at:

2021. “Political ecology of a disaster and methodological issues.” Lecture delivered to post-graduate students of Wildlife Biology and Conservation at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bengaluru.

2019. “Social Science Research Methods for Conservation Biologists and Practitioners.” Winter School at the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar. 

2019. “Whose city is it anyway: The political ecology of Delhi’s environmental crisis.” lecture delivered to the Smart City Accelerator, Center for Entrepreneurship, Ashoka University.

2018. “A Toxic City.” Ashoka University & Stanford University collaborative course, “Mega City – The Many Lives of Delhi.”

2017. “Qualitative Research: Fieldwork, Ethnography and a Fieldworker’s Challenges.”Ashoka University, Young India Fellowship Postgraduate Diploma Program.

2017. “The Brahmaputra Valley Hazardscape: Flood, Riverbank Erosion and Vulnerabilities.” Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

2016. “Climate Change and India’s Challenges,” Ashoka University & Carleton College collaborative course.

2015. “Political Ecology.” Lecture delivered at Don Mitchell’s undergraduate course titled, Introduction to Human Geography, The Department of Geography, Syracuse University.

2014. Lecture delivered at graduate seminar, Water Resources Management, taught by Meredith Perreault, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, State University of New York (SUNY-ESF).

2013. Lecture delivered at a graduate seminar, Human Dimensions of Water Issues, taught by Sharon Moran, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, State University of New York (SUNY-ESF).