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Chandra Talpade Mohanty

Chandra Talpade Mohanty

Chandra Talpade Mohanty

Distinguished Professor and Director of Graduate Studies


Women's and Gender Studies
340E Sims Hall
Office: 315.443.6541
Office: 315.443.7099


South Asian Studies


  • Honorary Doctorate, Faculty of Social Sciences, Lund University Sweden,(2008)
  • Ph.D.,Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1987)
  • M.A.,in the Teaching of English, Department of English, University of Illinois, (1980)
  • M.A., English, University of Delhi, India, (1976)
  • B.A., Honors in English, University of Delhi, (1974)

Courses Taught


WGS 101 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies

WGS 201 Transnational Feminisms

WGS 310 Feminist Inquiries

WGS 410 Advanced Seminar in Feminist Thought


WGS 652 Feminism and Postcolonial Studies
WGS 795 Practice of Transnational Feminism

Research and Teaching Interests

Transnational Feminist Theory and Praxis

Feminist Studies of Colonialism, Imperialism and Race

The Politics of Knowledge, Anti-Racist Education and Pedagogies of Dissent

Privatization, Neoliberalism, and Anti-Capitalist Critique

My scholarship and teaching focuses on the politics of difference and solidarity; the relation of feminist knowledges and scholarship to organizing and social movements, mobilizing a transnational feminist anti-capitalist critique; decolonizing knowledge, and theorizing agency, identity and resistance in the context of feminist transborder solidarity. My current work 1) examines the politics of neoliberalism and in the academy and in social movements, and 2) focuses on the development of a feminist video archive that curates intergenerational kitchen table conversations with feminist scholar-activists from around the world.

Selected Distinguished Visiting Lectureships and Honors

Greater Philadelphia Women’s Studies Scholar in Residence, May 17 to 21, 2017

Angela Davis Gastprofessur fur Internationale Gender and Diversity Studies, Cornelia Goethe Center, Goethe University, Frankfurt, 10--20 December, 2015

Co-Principal Investigator, with Linda Carty, Andrew D. Mellon Foundation award for a 3 year summer institute on “Just Academic Spaces: Creating New Publics Through Radical Literacies,” Democratizing Knowledge Collective, Syracuse University, 2014-2018

Distinguished Keynote Speaker, Colloquium on Transnational Solidarities: Radical Feminism, Social Justice and Critical Pedagogy, May 13 to 17, 2013, National University, Bogota, Colombia

Harry Lyman Hooker Distinguished Visiting Professor, McMaster University, Canada, March 20-22, 2013

Member, Indigenous and Women of Color Solidarity Delegation to Palestine, June 2011

Fulbright Senior Specialist Award, Department of Sociology, University of Limerick, Ireland, 2005/6

Selected Interviews

Feminist Freedom Warriors

Video: Anticapitalist Feminist Struggle, and Transnational Solidarity, interview and film by Jesper Nordahl, 2007/2011 (77 minutes)

Web: The Feminists Wire, 4 October 2013

Print: Journal of Narrative Politics, April 2016

Feminist Yaklasimlar, Turkey, Interview “On the Academy and Feminist Politics,” with Deepa Rajkumar, Hulya Arık, Ozlem Aslan, Salimah Vaiya, January 2010

Democratizing Knowledge: Faculty Research in the Humanities (Part IV)

(May 3, 2018)

Democratization, internationalization rewrite rules of humanistic scholarship

Feminist Scholar Awarded Guest Professorship in Germany

(Feb. 5, 2016)

Chandra Talpade Mohanty served as Angela Davis Guest Professor at Goethe University

WGS Faculty Recognized for ‘Timely, Relevant’ Scholarship

(April 29, 2015)

Department chair praises colleagues for challenging 'interconnected systems of oppression in work'

WGS Professors Reap National, International Honors

(March 16, 2015)

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