Anu Mitra has a Ph.D. in Literature and Women's Studies from the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York. Since 1989, she has worked at the Union Institute & University in various administrative and teaching capacities. For the last several years, she has served as a faculty member in the Ed.D. program of the University. She has also taught at Yale University, Antioch College, Empire State College, and Sichuan University in China. Her areas of expertise are art and leadership development; social justice theory and practice; and the humanities. She has engaged in grass-roots efforts worldwide to improve the condition of all people, but mostly children. She has presented on several aspects of her work, most recently at the International Leadership Association.
Anu is a strong believer in interdisciplinarity—believing that our world is too complex and dynamic to be understood through the lens of a single discipline. Her research and workshops linking art and social justice and art and leadership development have been offered at many forums, including the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the University of Cincinnati Medical School, and doctoral candidates at The Union Institute & University. She continues to be drawn to the idea that all problems are capable of being solved, but only if we are able to 'see' things in a new light. Her research on cognition, visual strategy, and the viewing process continue to fascinate her. Some of this work is under consideration for publication.
Anu has traveled to more than 50 countries and has lived on three continents. However, the unit of the family is hugely important to her and she has been successful in dragging her family to remote areas of the world. Visiting museums and reading are her major hobbies.