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Meera Sehgal

Associate Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and Sociology, Director of Women's and Gender Studies, Carleton College

Meera Sehgal (B.A., Ferguson College, India; M.A., Pune University, India; M.A. & Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004) has a joint appointment in the Sociology & Anthropology department and in the Women’s & Gender studies programme. She serves as the director of the South Asian studies programme and is a member of the Sexual Misconduct Committee in Carleton’s Community, Equity and Diversity Initiative.

Her research interests are in the areas of gender, race, class & sexuality; social movements; globalization; militarism; transnational feminisms and India.  Based on ethnographic methods, her research examines the mobilization of women in the right-wing Hindu nationalist movement in India. Her more recent fieldwork centers on a South Asian transnational feminist network and its consciousness-raising work in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. 

Meera emphasizes interdisciplinary feminist perspectives in her teaching and travels regularly to India for research and familial purposes. She teaches courses on social movements, women's health in the U.S., qualitative methods, transnational feminist theory, and feminist approaches to knowledge production, globalization and militarization.

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