About Shraddha Chatterjee

I am currently a postdoctoral Visiting Scholar in Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies at University of Houston. My current research focuses on queer and trans lives and activisms in India in relation to the rise of authoritarianism in the subcontinent. In my work, I map queer and trans realities through Lacanian psychoanalysis, queer and trans of colour studies, critical theory, and anthropology, and ask larger questions around how we can understand subjectivity and political discourse. I have taught introductory and core courses in psychology and gender and sexuality studies, and I like to spend my time around dogs, bodies of water, and art.
Shraddha Chatterjee is a postdoctoral Visiting Scholar at University of Houston, and author of Queer Politics in India: Towards Sexual Subaltern Subjects (Routledge, 2018).
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NBN Episodes hosted by Shraddha:

Naisargi N. Davé, "Indifference: On the Praxis of Interspecies Being" (Duke UP, 2023)

October 3, 2023


Naisargi N. Davé

In Indifference: On the Praxis of Interspecies Being (Duke UP, 2023), Naisargi N. Davé examines the complex worlds of animalists and animalism in Indi…

Srila Roy, "Changing the Subject: Feminist and Queer Politics in Neoliberal India" (Duke UP, 2022)

May 22, 2023

Changing the Subject

Srila Roy

In Changing the Subject: Feminist and Queer Politics in Neoliberal India (Duke UP, 2022), Srila Roy maps the rapidly transforming terrain of gender a…

Gediminas Lesutis, "The Politics of Precarity: Spaces of Extractivism, Violence, and Suffering" (Routledge, 2021)

March 21, 2023

The Politics of Precarity

Gediminas Lesutis

Based on critical theory and ethnographic research, Gediminas Lesutis' book The Politics of Precarity: Spaces of Extractivism, Violence, and Suffering…

Neferti X. M. Tadiar, "Remaindered Life" (Duke UP, 2022)

September 15, 2022

Remaindered Life

Neferti X. M. Tadiar

In Remaindered Life Neferti X. M. Tadiar offers a new conceptual vocabulary and framework for rethinking the dynamics of a global capitalism maintaine…

Rama Srinivasan, "Courting Desire: Litigating for Love in North India" (Rutgers UP, 2020)

March 31, 2022

Courting Desire

Rama Srinivasan

Inquiries into marital patterns can serve as an effective lens to analyze social structures and material cultures not only on the question of sexualit…

Nayma Qayum, "Village Ties: Women, NGOs, and Informal Institutions in Rural Bangladesh" (Rutgers UP, 2021)

March 21, 2022

Village Ties

Nayma Qayum

Across the global South, poor women’s lives are embedded in their social relationships and governed not just by formal institutions – rules that exist…

Nishant Shahani, "Pink Revolutions: Globalization, Hindutva, and Queer Triangles in Contemporary India" (Northwestern UP, 2021)

November 30, 2021

Pink Revolutions

Nishant Shahani

Pink Revolutions: Globalization, Hindutva, and Queer Triangles in Contemporary India (Northwestern UP, 2021) describes how queer politics in India occ…

David A. B. Murray, "Living with HIV in Post-crisis Times: Beyond the Endgame" (Lexington Books, 2021)

November 9, 2021

Living with HIV in Post-crisis Times

David A. B. Murray

Over the past decade, effective prevention and treatment policies have resulted in global health organizations claiming that the end of the HIV/AIDS c…

Sara Ahmed, "Complaint!" (Duke UP, 2021)

October 7, 2021


Sara Ahmed

In Complaint! (Duke UP, 2021), Sara Ahmed examines what we can learn about power from those who complain about abuses of power. Drawing on oral and wr…

Radhika Mongia, "Indian Migration and Empire: A Colonial Genealogy of the Modern State" (Duke UP, 2018)

August 5, 2021

Indian Migration and Empire

Radhika Mongia

How did states come to monopolize control over migration? What do the processes that produced this monopoly tell us about the modern state? In Indian …

Vaibhav Saria, "Hijras, Lovers, Brothers: Surviving Sex and Poverty in Rural India" (Fordham UP, 2021)

July 29, 2021

Hijras, Lovers, Brothers

Vaibhav Saria

Hijras, one of India’s third gendered or trans populations, have been an enduring presence in the South Asian imagination—in myth, in ritual, and in e…

Navaneetha Mokkil, "Unruly Figures: Queerness, Sex Work, and the Politics of Sexuality in Kerala" (U Washington Press, 2019)

July 8, 2021

Unruly Figures

Navaneetha Mokkil

The vibrant media landscape in the southern Indian state of Kerala, where kiosks overflow with magazines and colorful film posters line roadside walls…