Anindita Basu Sempere


Adjunct Instructor


Anindita Basu Sempere portrait


MH 264


  • PhD, Literature, Université de Neuchâtel
  • MFA, Writing for Children and Young Adults, Vermont College of Union Institute and University (now Vermont College of Fine Arts)
  • MA, English, Creative Writing Program (Poetry), Boston University
  • SM, Media Arts and Science, Future of Learning Group, MIT Media Lab
  • BA, Computer Science and English, Wellesley College

select courses taught

  • Introduction to Creative Writing

Dr. Sempere’s research examines the relationship between change of place and poetics in twentieth-century American literature, specifically how change of place affects a writer’s poetics.

She combines a digital humanities approach with genetic criticism, using deep maps to follow manuscript development spatio-temporally and then studying the texts themselves. Her research draws together cultural geography, phenomenology, constructionist learning theory, and literary analysis, and her dissertation comprised a case study of poet Elizabeth Bishop’s move from North America to Brazil.

Dr. Sempere recently returned to the Boston area after over a decade in Switzerland, where she taught undergraduate creative writing, literature and writing, and speaking courses. Prior to returning to academia, Dr. Sempere co-founded an online tutoring company focused exclusively on teaching writing. She was the Director of Education of a New York-based tutoring company, and a founding faculty member of a charter school in Cambridge, MA.