Padmini Biswas
Director of Programs

Padmini Biswas is the Director of Programs for Columbia Global Centers.  She collaborates with the leadership of Columbia University and each of the Global Centers to further programming initiatives, curate projects that engage multiple centers and diverse audiences, and strengthens the role of Columbia Global Centers in supporting faculty scholarship and the education of Columbia students. Prior to joining Columbia Global Centers, Padmini was the Program Director and a faculty member for IHP Human Rights, a study abroad program offered by the School for International Training that takes undergraduates to Nepal, Jordan, and Chile. From 2007-2013, she served as the the Assistant Director of the Center for Place, Culture and Politics, an interdisciplinary forum of scholars and activists at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is also the founding editor of Salt, a community-based literary journal funded by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Padmini received her Ph.D. in urban planning from Columbia University, an M.Sc. in urban planning from the London School of Economics, a B.Sc. in civil engineering from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, and a B.A. in English from Vassar College.