I am an interdisciplinary scholar who writes and teaches at the crossroads of sociology, sexuality and queer studies, and postcolonial feminist theory. My most abiding interest is in the constructs of sexuality, gender, nationalism, and state. I find a transnational and postcolonial approach to be most useful to understanding the interconnections between these constructs, an argument that is at the heart of my first book, Woman, Body, Desire in Post-colonial India (Routledge 1999). The next book, Encountering Nationalism, (Blackwell Publishers 2004), thoroughly explores nationalism and the state through a feminist sociological lens. My current book, Sexual States: Governance and Anti-Sodomy Law in India’s Present (under contract with Duke University Press), tightly focuses on the struggle to decriminalize homosexuality in India, while offering a critical appraisal of state governance.
Alongside the books, I continue to publish articles and book chapters in journals and edited volumes on sexuality and gender. I have also co-edited a special issue on gender, sexuality, state, and nation for Gender & Society (April 2005) and another one on sexuality and the state for Rethinking Marxism (October 2012). I enjoyed working as a deputy editor for the journal, Gender & Society, serving in various capacities at the American Sociological Association and Sociologists for Women in Society, and am now on the editorial board for the journal, SIGNS. I am also relishing my role as a co-editor for the interdisciplinary and international journal, Foucault Studies.
My desire to become a teacher has always been entwined with my desire to be a life-long learner. I started teaching many years ago, first as an international graduate student and then as a part-time instructor at Northeastern University and Boston College. Since joining Simmons College in 1996, I have been fortunate to teach required sociology courses that allow me to revisit the foundations of the discipline and elective courses that help me to expand the breadth of my interests. I also teach very different constituencies—undergraduate and graduate students, sociology majors, international relations students, women’s studies majors, among others. Teaching is my constant source of stimulation.
When I am not teaching or writing, my favorite form of relaxation is dancing Argentine tango. I started dancing a few years ago and love being able to lose myself in the movement and music. Dancing salsa, working out, walking are close seconds.
Principles of Sociology
Sex, Love, and Romance
South Asia: People and Power
At the Graduate Level:
Sexuality, States, Governance
I am wrapping up work on my current book project, Sexual States: Governance and Anti-Sodomy Law in India’s Present (under contract with Duke University Press). I am starting work on a couple of articles to come out of this book, particularly one that advances the theory of sexual states through a focus on neoliberalism in the context of the United States.