Shilpa Phadke is Assistant Professor at the School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India. She has taught undergraduate sociology and anthropology at St Xavier’s College, Mumbai. As a pedagogue, she has designed and coordinated several discussion groups, a lecture series, and workshops. Shilpa has published academically in journals and edited book volumes, as well as in newspapers and popular magazines. Her co-authored book Why Loiter? Women and Risk on Mumbai Streets was published by Penguin (2011). Her areas of concern include gender and the politics of space, the middle classes, sexuality and the body, feminist politics among young women, reproductive subjectivities, feminist mothering, and pedagogic practices. She loves the chaotic city of Mumbai and fantasises that it will one day have a very large park.