Chandra Talpade Mohanty

Department Chair and Professor, Women's and Gender Studies, Sociology, and the Cultural Foundations of Education & Dean's Professor of the Humanities

Research and Teaching Interests

Transnational Feminist Theory

Feminist Studies of Colonialism, Imperialism and Race

Anti-Racist Education and Pedagogies of Dissent

Privatization, 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 examines the politics of neoliberalism and in the academy and in social movements.



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


  • 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)


    Sage Sage Handbook of Identities
    co-edited with Margaret Wetherell, U.K: Sage Publications, 2010
    RenaissanceItaly Feminism and War: Confronting U.S. Imperialism
    co-edited with Robin Riley and Minnie Bruce Pratt, London: Zed Press, 2008
    Fem without Borders Feminism Without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity
    Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2003; South Asian edition published in 2004 by Zubaan Books, Kali for Women, New Delhi, India; Translated into Korean, 2005, Swedish, 2006, and Turkish, 2009
    Fem Gen Feminist Genealogies
    co-edited with M. Jacqui Alexander, New York: Routledge, 1997
    Third World Women Third World Women and the Politics of Feminism
    co-edited with Lourdes Torres and Ann Russo, Indiana University Press, 199