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Mouli Banerjee

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PhD Candidate

Senior Graduate Teaching Assistant


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Mouli Banerjee (she/her) is a PhD candidate at the department of Politics and International Studies. With an interdisciplinary background in politics, legal humanities, and literature, at PAIS she currently researches the intersections of politics, law, and performance/performativity in the patterns and ecosystems of legal meaning-making across courts and legislatures in India.

She holds an MA in Development and Governance with Distinctions from the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, an MA in English Literature from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi. Before joining the University of Warwick, Mouli has been a DAAD Helmut Schmidt Scholar at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, and a Legislative Assistant to a Member of Parliament (LAMP) Fellow in New Delhi, India.

For her PhD project, she studies how political parties in India perform and reiterate legal and organisational identities within institutional 'stages'/spaces. The thesis is interested is in mapping a critical legal approach to political parties in India, and in understanding the larger political life of legal meanings. Mouli’s project at PAIS is supervised by Shirin M Rai and Michael Saward and is funded by a Departmental Scholarship offered by the department of Politics and International Studies.
Research Interests

Parliaments, Political Anthropology, Critical Legal Theory, Critical Discourse Analysis, Politics and Performance, Politics of Space, Culture and Visuality, Post-Colonial theories, Southern Urbanism, and Interdisciplinarity.

She is the co-convenor of Warwick Performance and Politics Network (WPPN) at the University of Warwick. Beyond her PhD thesis, Mouli is currently working on the politics of green parties in India and is also the co-founder and collaborator on a digital ethnography-based project, Kasba Chronicles, mapping stories at the intersection of law, politics, urbanisms and culture in small cities and towns in India.


Associate Tutor / Senior Graduate Teaching Assistant for PO3A9: International Politics of Migration, Refugees and Diasporas. 2022-23.

Associate Tutor / Senior Graduate Teaching Assistant for PO102 : Political Research in the 21st Century. 2021-22.

Guest Lecturer for Power in Motion : Law and Performance, for a non-modular teaching project and workshop at the Institute for Advanced Teaching Learning (IATL), University of Warwick, 28 February 2022.

Recent Publications

Mouli Banerjee, 'The Speaker of the Lok Sabha: Performing and Consuming 'Neutrality' in the Indian Parliament, the UK Political Studies Association Specialist Group on Parliaments Blog, February 2022. 

Mouli Banerjee, ‘Pathways of Political Narratives: Populist Rhetoric, the Supreme Court and the (Im)balance of Power’, VRÜ Verfassung und Recht in Übersee (World Comparative Law) , Jahrgang 51, Heft 3, Seite 352- 366, 2018.