Chandani Patel, PhD

Name pronunciation: chAHn-duh-nee pUH-tel  |  Pronouns: she/her/hers

Dr. Chandani Patel is Director for Global Diversity Education at NYU, where she provides strategic direction for the global diversity education area within the Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation. She collaborates with colleagues across NYU's global campus community to craft institution-wide educational excellence standards and programs on inclusion, diversity, equity, and belonging. Chandani focuses particularly on creating inclusive teaching and learning environments for students, faculty, and staff, and she is committed to advancing a more equitable higher education landscape. She has presented and facilitated numerous workshops and presentations on inclusive teaching, learner-centered teaching, active learning, metacognition, critical self-awareness, and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education contexts. Prior to joining NYU, Chandani was Senior Assistant Director at Columbia University’s Center for Teaching and Learning, where she developed pedagogical workshops and online resources to support instructors in creating inclusive classroom spaces, including a massive open online course (MOOC) titled “Inclusive Teaching: Supporting All Students in the College Classroom.”  Chandani received a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago, and she holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature and an M.A. in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University. Her scholarly work focuses on the Afro-Indian Ocean, with particular attention to the literature of South Asians in Africa, as well as on literary connections between the Indian and Atlantic Ocean worlds. She currently sits on the Academic Council for the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA) and serves as the co-chair of the POD Network's Diversity Committee.