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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Himika Bhattacharya

Bhattacharya portrait

Associate Professor and Department Chair

Women's and Gender Studies

African American Studies

South Asian Studies

309 Sims Hall


Research and Teaching Interests

Himika Bhattacharya’s research and teaching interests include Transnational Feminist Studies focusing on Women of Color and Dalit Feminisms; Qualitative Research Methods particularly Ethnography and Oral History; and South Asia Studies, specifically India. Her interdisciplinary research engages questions about caste and race; violence and resistance and, love and solidarity. She is an affiliate faculty of the South Asia Center and regularly teaches courses which fulfill the South Asian Studies minor. She is also a member of the Democratizing Knowledge collective at SU.

Her first book, forthcoming (2017) with Rutgers University Press, is titled Narrating Love and Violence: Women Contesting Caste, Tribe and State in Lahaul, India, and combines ethnography, oral history and narrative writing to demonstrate how community, state, and media discourses of gendered violence in India not only build upon colonial and colonizing knowledges of social identities, but infact serve as proxy for caste. Her other writings on gender and caste violence, ethnography, and social movements in India can be found in Meridians; Qualitative Inquiry; Feminist Formations; The Handbook of Emergent Methods; The Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research & Kafila.

She welcomes students interested in working more closely with her on these areas:

  • Transnational Feminist Studies
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • South Asian and Himalayan Studies



Undergraduate courses taught:

WGS 439: Women, Gender and Violence in a Transnational Context

WGS 310: Feminist Inquiries

WGS 300: The State of Love

WGS 425: Feminist Organizing

WGS 101: An Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies

WGS 201: An Introduction to Transnational Feminist Studies

Graduate Courses taught:

WGS 639: Women, Gender and Violence in a Transnational Context

WGS 710: Feminist Inquiries


Ph.D. from the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Feminist Education to Feminist Practice

(April 12, 2018)

Event highlights Women’s and Gender Studies alumni experiences

WGS Professors Reap National, International Honors

(March 16, 2015)

Department of Women’s & Gender Studies is nationally known for ‘high level’ of teaching, scholarshi