Shormishtha Panja is Professor of English and Joint Director, Institute of Lifelong Learning, University of Delhi. She received her BA in English (Hons.) from Presidency College and her PhD from Brown University where she was awarded the Jean Starr Untermeyer Fellowship. She has taught at Stanford University and IIT Delhi. She has served as Head, Department of English and Dean, Arts Faculty, University of Delhi. Her areas of interest are Renaissance studies, Shakespeare in India, gender studies, feminism in India and visual culture. Her books include Shakespeare and Class (co-ed.) (Pearson, 2014), Shakespeare and the Art of Lying(ed.) (Orient Black Swan, 2013), Word Image Text: Studies in Literary and Visual Culture (co-ed.) (Orient BlackSwan, 2009) and Signifying the Self: Women and Literature (co-ed.) (Macmillan, rpt. 2004). She has published articles on Renaissance studies in the international journals and collections English Literary Renaissance, Journal of Narrative Technique and Shakespeare International Yearbook besides several essays in Renaissance collections published by Ashgate. She has been invited to contribute to the Greenwood Shakespeare Encyclopaedia and the Routledge Handbook of Asian Theatre. She has been a Fellow at the Salzburg Seminar, a Visiting Professor at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, and has been awarded a Fellowship at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC, USA. She has been invited to lecture on Shakespeare in India and Indian Feminism in universities in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia. She has been President, Shakespeare Society of India, from 2008 to 2014. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the international group of Early Modern scholars, Theater without Borders. She is also the founder member of PEHEL: Delhi University Women's Support Group, formed in 2005.