Aditi
Sriram

Associate Professor

Areas of Interest

Academic Writing | Creative Writing | Professional Writing

Aditi Sriram is an Associate Professor at Shiv Nadar University Chennai. Prior to this, she taught academic and creative writing at SUNY Purchase in New York, and ran the Undergraduate Writing Programme at Ashoka University, near Delhi. Aditi has a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from The New School in New York, and a B.A. from Columbia University in New York. She is the author of Beyond the Boulevards: A Short Biography of Pondicherry, published by Aleph Book Company in 2019. 

Aditi is co-authoring a book titled Introduction to Academic Writing, forthcoming in 2024 with Routledge. The book uses a unique and engaging pedagogy to teach various genres of writing, including academic, business, legal, and creative writing for Indian university students. In the same genre, Aditi has contributed chapters to a Princeton University Press anthology, forthcoming in 2024, about how to teach writing to university students. 

Other genres of writing appeal to Aditi as well, who has also published book reviews, essays, and short stories. She has been freelancing for The New York Times since 2016, for whom she has reviewed contemporary and historical novels; young adult and children’s books; and books written in English as well as in translation. She has also reviewed books for The Indian Express, The Washington Post, The Guardian and The Atlantic magazine. In addition, Aditi is writing a children’s book about an Indian dancer, as part of an upcoming book series about prominent Indian women. 

Publications

An Introduction to Academic Writing (co-authored). Routledge, forthcoming 2024.

Beyond the Boulevards: A Short Biography of Pondicherry. Aleph Book Company, 2019.

Chandralekha (part of Women Achiever Series for young readers). Niyogi Books, expected 2024.

“Speedback,” The Pocket Instructor: Writing. Princeton University Press, expected 2024.

“Great Expectations,” The Pocket Instructor: Writing. Princeton University Press, expected 2024.

“Weather Forecast,” Cat People (a short story).  Simon & Schuster, 2021.

“Languages of Love: 3 Children’s Books About Sight, Sound and the Written Word.” Review. The New York Times, 24 Nov 2023.

“A Picaresque Silk Road Adventure About Storytelling Itself.” Review of The Many Assassinations of Samir, The Seller of Dreams, by Daniel Nayeri. The New York Times, 3 Mar 2023.

“Arundhathi Subramaniam seeks out women who represent the minority in India’s spiritual lineage in her latest book Women Who Wear Only Themselves.” Review of Women Who Wear Only Themselves, by Arundhathi Subramaniam. The Indian Express, 23 Oct 2021.

“Akash Kapur blends history and memoir in a fascinating book, Better to Have Gone, on his hometown Auroville.” Review of Better to Have Gone, by Akash Kapur. The Indian Express, 25 Sept 2021.

“Kindred Spirits: 2 Collections of Native Mythology for Children and Their Adults.” Review. The New York Times, 19 Feb 2021.

“In South India, a Fragmented Family Turns Into an Overflowing One.’ Review of Small Days and Nights, by Tishani Doshi. The New York Times, 22 Jan 2020.