Professor and Associate Dean of Humanities
PhD 1996, University of Washington
Joined UVic Women's Studies in 2000
I am a political scientist who focuses on Indian politics. My earlier work studied political parties and the manner they used Hinduism to garner votes and legitimacy. In the past five years, I have shifted my focus to the study of gender and nationalism. Specifically I trace the manner in which cultural ideas of manhood shape the political representation of nation. Currently, I am working on how a globalizing India is re-imagining its visions of nation.
- Indian Politics
Courses Designed and Taught
- WS 314 Imagining India From Bollywood to Empire
- WS 325 Women in Contemporary India
- WS 326 Gender, Nation, and War
Muscular Nationalism: Gender, Violence, and Empire in India and Ireland (NYU Press: New York, NY, forthcoming).
Scattered Leaves of My Life: An Indian Nationalist Remembers (Women Unlimited: New Delhi, 2011). This is an edited translation.
Make Me a Man! Masculinity, Hinduism, and Nationalism in India (SUNY Press: Albany, NY, 2005).
Warriors in Politics: Hindu Nationalism, Violence, and the Shiv Sena in India (Westview Press: Boulder, CO, 2000).
"Women, Muscular Nationalism, and Hinduism in India: Roop Kanwar and the Fire Protests in India," Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions 11, 3/4 (September-December, 2010).
"The Quest for Manhood: Masculine Hinduism and Nation in Bengal," (co-authored with Subho Basu), Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East Vol. 26, 3 (2006).
"Armed Masculinity, Hindu Nationalism, and Female Political Participation in India: Heroic Mothers, Chaste Wives, and Celibate Warriors," International Feminist Journal of Politics 8, 1 (March 2006).
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Office: CLE C306