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About Dr Riyukta Raghunath

Dr Riyukta Raghunath is the Programme Director for Mobility Programmes and an Assistant Professor in English and Education at Northeastern University London. She teaches on and is also the course leader for First-Year Writing Studio, a course that applies key principles from design thinking to writing. Within the Education context, Riyukta is particularly interested in emerging educational technologies and the impact it has on digital learning, pedagogy, and inclusivity. She is also a member of the Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Group (EDIG) at Northeastern University London.



PhD in English Language and Linguistics, Sheffield Hallam University, 2017

MA in English Language Studies – Literary Linguistics Pathway, University of Sheffield, 2012

BA in English Language and Literature, Madras Christian College, 2010


Professional Affiliations

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Member of the Poetics and Linguistics Association.

Member of the European Narratology Network.



Dr Riyukta Raghunath's Research

Riyukta Raghunath is research active in the field of cognitive-narratology. Her narratological interest lies within the genre of counterfactual historical fiction extending to science fiction and related concepts such as multiverse, time travel, and alternate universes. Her wider interests include reader response, literary linguistics, cognitive poetics, and artificial intelligence. Riyukta’s future research will explore the use of a mixed-methods approach that incorporates both empirical and machine learning approaches to cognitive narratology.


Raghunath, R. (2022). Possible worlds theory, accessibility relations, and counterfactual historical fiction. Journal of Literary Semantics, 51(1), 1-18.

Raghunath. R. (2020). Possible Worlds Theory and Counterfactual Historical Fiction. London: Palgrave Macmillan

Raghunath. R. (2020). “I AM not mad, most noble Festus.’ No. But I have been”: Possible Worlds Theory and the Complex Worlds of Sarban’s The Sound of his Horn’ In Moser, K. and Sukla, A. (eds) Imagination and Art: Explorations in Contemporary Theory. Brill.

Raghunath. R. (2017). ‘Alternate History: Defining Counterparts and Individuals with Transworld Identity’ In Fantastika Journal 1(1), p. 91-108.

Raghunath. R., Anker. C., and Nortcliffe, A. (2016). ‘Are academics ready for Smart Learning?’ in British Journal of Educational Technology. doi:10.1111/bjet.12532.


Raghunath. R. (forthcoming, 2023). ‘Possible Worlds Theory and the Fictionality of Images in Counterfactual Narratives’ In Alison, G. and Torsa. S. (eds) Fictionality and Multimodal Narratives. Lincoln: Nebraska University Press.

In Progress:

“I am so angry I paid so much to read the political ramblings with a singular viewpoint”: The importance of Reader Knowledge Worlds in Arundhati Roy’s The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

Knowledge Worlds (Schemas), Possible Worlds Theory, Counterfactual Historical Fiction and Artificial Intelligence

Real Readers and Counterfactual Historical Fiction: An Empirical Study of Reader Responses

Dr Riyukta Raghunath's Teaching

Course Leader and Lead Instructor – First-Year Writing Studio.

Riyukta joined Northeastern University London in 2019, having previously taught at Sheffield Hallam University and Nottingham Trent University on modules such as Language and Style, Language and Psychology, Language, Gender, and Sexuality, Digital Communication, and Language in Social Context among others.