Dr. Usha Bande, till recently Fellow, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla and also Visiting Professor at Vishwa Bharati University, Shanti Niketan (WB), was on the faculty of English Literature in Govt. College for Women, Shimla. She retired as Principal Govt. College, Arki.
Dr. Bande started her schooling from St. Joseph’s Convent, Jabalpur and has had a brilliant academic career.
Dr. Usha Bande worked for her doctorate on the novels of Anita Desai, interpreting Desai’s characters from the angle of Third Force psychology. Hers is an innovative approach and has been widely acclaimed by US scholars in the field. She has numerous research papers and more than a dozen books to her credit. She completed a major UGC project on the Indian Short Stories in 1998, and has worked recently in the field of Women’s Studies at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. She is associated with the Institute for Integrated Himalayan Studies, HP University, Shimla and has worked on four major projects under their auspices. Besides academic writing, Dr. Bande is fond of journalistic and creative writing and is a regular contributor to The Tribune, Alive, Women’s Era, Times of India, Indian Express and many other news papers and magazines.