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Angus McBlane

Philosophy and Cognition

Visiting Assistant Professor

Research Areas: Phenomenology, Neurophenomenology, Embodied Cognition, Colour


My research intersects with the philosophical aspects of Cognitive Science via my focus on Phenomenology and Posthumanism. Phenomenology, particularly in its Merleau-Pontyian form, informs my analytic focus on embodiment and attendant areas such as embodied cognition, intentionality, experience, and expression. Posthumanism, particularly in its more philosophical deployments, informs my research, on the one hand, on how we can approach non-human forms of embodiment and consciousness and, on the other, the use and development of new technologies (as well their exploration in Science Fiction) as they relate to extended and distributed cognition, artificial intelligence, and embodiment.


  • PhD: Cardiff University, 2014
  • MA: Queen’s University, Canada, 2008
  • BA: Simon Fraser University, Canada, 2006

Selected Publications:

  • Expressing Corporeal Silence: Phenomenology, Merleau-Ponty, and Posthumanism.’ Word and Text: A Journal of Literary Studies and Linguistics, Special Issue on Proto-Posthumanisms. Vol. VI (Dec 2016), pp.149-161.  
  • Co-Authored with Phillip Roberts, “Science Fiction” in Directory of World Cinema: South Korea, ed. by Colette Balmain (Bristol: Intellect, 2013), pp. 211-21
  • “The Good, The Bad, and the Weird”; “2009: Lost Memories”; “Natural City”; “Resurrection of the Little Match Girl”, in Directory of World Cinema: South Korea, ed. by Colette Balmain (Bristol: Intellect, 2013), pp. 101-103, 215-216, 221-222, 222-223.
  • “Just a Ghost in a Shell?” in Anime and Philosophy: Wide-Eyed Wonder, ed. by Josef Steiff and Tristan Tamplin (Chicago: Open Court, 2010), pp. 27-38“Shogun Assassin”; “The Machine Girl”; “Tetsuo: The Iron Man”, “Tetsuo 2: Body Hammer”, in Directory of World Cinema: Japan, ed. by John Berra (Bristol: Intellect, 2010), pp. 97-98, 192-193, 220-222.
  • “Shogun Assassin”; “The Machine Girl”; “Tetsuo: The Iron Man”; “Tetsuo 2: Body Hammer”; “Memories”; “Cowboy Bebop: The Movie”; “Blood: The Last Vampire”; “Vampire Hunter D”; “Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust”, (Online, 2009) Directory of World Cinema.

Courses Taught:

  • HS 507 – Humanism, Anti-Humanism, and Posthumanism
  • HS 647 – Literature, Theory, and Social Context

Nishaant Choksi

Philosophy and Cognition
Assistant Professor
  • BA: University of Chicago, 2004
  • MA: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 2009
  • PhD: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 2014
  • Email: nishaant.choksi -AT-

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Research Interests
● Semiotics
● Linguistic ethnography
● Script and writing systems
● Language and politics
● Aesthetics of language
● Adivasi societies and history
● Gujarat, Jharkhand/West Bengal border regions

Selected Publications

  1. Graphic Politics in Eastern India: Script and the Quest for Autonomy, Bloomsbury Academic (2021).
  2. Nathan Badenoch and Nishaant Choksi, eds. Expressives in the South Asian Linguistic Area, Brill (2020).
  3. Expressives and the multimodal depiction of social types in Mundari. Language and Society 49(3). (2020).
  4. From language to script: graphic practice and the politics of authority in Santali language media, eastern India. Modern Asian Studies 51(5). (2017).
  5. Surface politics: scaling multiscriptality in an Indian village market. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 25(1): 1-24. (2015).

Work Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (July 2018 to present)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Kyoto University/Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (2016 – 2018)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Tokyo University/JSPS (2014 – 2015)

Jaison Manjaly

Philosophy and Cognition

Jasubhai Memorial Chair Professor

Research Areas: Curiosity, Social cognition, Moral Cognition


Jaison Manjaly is Jasubhai Memorial Chair Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science at IIT Gandhinagar. His research interests include curiosity, education, and moral cognition. He is the Principal Investigator of the Curiosity Lab at IIT Gandhinagar, which aims to develop interventions to foster curiosity in the classroom.

At IIT Gandhinagar, he pioneered the establishment of the Centre for Cognitive and Brain Sciences. He is the former Dean of Student Affairs at IIT Gandhinagar. He is currently the Coordinator of Alumni Relations and Head of Humanities, Social and Cognitive Sciences at IIT Gandhinagar.

Jaison Manjaly joined IIT Gandhinagar in October 2008.  His main areas of research are curiosity, social cognition, and moral cognition. Currently, he focuses on ‘curiosity’ as a tool to address epistemic inequality. He also takes a keen interest in student affairs, education, and politics of knowledge.


  • PhD: IIT Kharagpur, 2007
  • MA: University of Calicut, 2001
  • BA: Mahatma Gandhi University, 1999

Professional Research Experience:

  • Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar, (Feb 2020 to Present)
  • Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar, (Nov 2015 to Feb 2020)
  • Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar, (Oct 2008 – Nov 2015)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Behavioral and Cognitive Science, (Oct 2006 – Oct 2008)

Selected Publications:

  • Singh, A., & Manjaly, J. A. 2022 Using curiosity to improve learning outcomes in schools. Sage Open.
  • Ehrig, T., Manjaly, J. A., Singh, A & Sunder, S. 2022. Adaptive Rationality in Strategic Interaction: Do Emotions Regulate Thinking About Others? Strategy Science.
  • Singh, A. & Manjaly, J. A.,. (2021). The effect of information gap and uncertainty on curiosity and its resolution. Journal of Cognitive Psychology.
  • Singh, A. & Manjaly, J. A. (2020). The Distress Smile and its Cognitive Antecedents. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior.
  • N. A., Baby. Ziliya., & Manjaly, J. A. (2020). Dehumanization of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (SC/ST): Evidence from Implicit, Moderate, and Blatant Measures. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy.
  • Fonseca, A. F., Bandyopadhyay, S., Louçã, J., & Manjaly, J. A. (2019). Caste in the News: A Computational Analysis of Indian Newspapers. Social Media + Society.
  • Mukherjee, S., Srinivasan, N., Kumar, N., & Manjaly, J. A. (2018). Perceptual broadening leads to more prosociality. Frontiers in Psychology, 9:1821.
  • Mehta, V., Mukherjee, S., Manjaly, J. A. (2017) Can Lighting Influence Self-Disclosure? Frontiers in Psychology. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00234.
  • Kumar, N., Manjaly, J. A., & Sunny, M. M. (2015). The relationship between action-effect monitoring and attention capture. Journal of Experimental Psychology. General, 144(1), 18–23.
  • Manjaly, J. A. & Indurkhya, B. (Eds) (2015) Cognition Experience and Creativity. New Delhi: Orient Blackswan.
  • Mukherjee, S., Manjaly, J. A., & Kumar, N. (2015) Role of Money in Creative Cognition, in Cognition Experience and Creativity. Manjaly J. A. & Indurkhya, B. (Eds). New Delhi: Orient Blackswan.
  • Kumar N., Manjaly J. A., & Miyapuram K. P. (2014). Feedback about action performed can alter the sense of self-agency. Frontiers in Psychology. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00145.
  • Mukherjee, S., Srinivasan, N., & Manjaly, J. A. (2014). Global processing fosters donations toward charity appeals framed in an approach orientation. Cognitive Processing. doi:10.1007/s10339-014-0602-8.

Courses Taught:

  • CG 606 – Philosophy of Mind
  • HS 221 – Introduction to Philosophy

Jooyoung Kim


Assistant Teaching Professor

Research Areas: Linguistics, Syntax and Semantics


My primary research interests are in linguistics, which aims to understand the nature of human minds by investigating language and communication. I have conducted research on syntax-semantic interfaces of questions and adjunct clauses in East Asian and Austronesian languages based on fieldwork and data elicitation. My interests also include teaching English as a second language in the academic setting, academic writing, and teaching Korean.


  • PhD: University of Delaware, 2018
  • MA: Korea University, 2007
  • BA: Korea University, 2005

Professional Research Experience:

I have had several years of teaching experience at the University of Delaware. I worked at the University of Delaware English Language Institute as an English-as-a-Second-Language tutor and Khbrat program assistant before joining IIT Gandhinagar. Before that, I worked as a researcher at the Center for Electronic Text in Korea University.

Selected Publications:

  • Kim, P. Cole, G. Hermon and P. M. Sumartini, The Distribution of Adverbial and Nominal Wh-forms in Balinese, Papers from the Austronesian Formal Linguistics association (AFLA) 24: 31-41 (2019).
  • Kim, Embedding without a license?: typology of unselected embedded clauses, Ph.D. thesis, Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science, University of Delaware (May 2018).
  • Tomioka and J. Kim, A new embedding strategy: Purposeful questions in Japanese and Korean, The proceedings of Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics (WAFL) 12 (2017).
  • Kim and S. Tomioka, Two types of unselected embedded questions, in The proceedings of West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL) 31: 276–284 (2014).
  • Kim, Method for the interpretation of the generic sentences, KLing (Working Paper in Linguistics, Korea University) 3: 23–31 (2009).

Courses Taught:

  • HS 591-I – Special Topics in HSS: World Englishes

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