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Kamala Visweswaran

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Associate Professor


Kamala Visweswaran received her PhD from Stanford University in 1990. She is currently Associate Professor of anthropology at the University of Texas, Austin. Her research interests are on feminist theory and ethnography, South Asian social movements, ethnic and political conflict, human rights, colonial law, postcolonial theory, South Asian literatures, Subaltern Studies, Transnational and Diaspora studies, comparative South Asia and Middle East studies. She has conducted research in Tamil Nadu and Gujarat, India.

She is the author of Fictions of Feminist Ethnography (Minnesota, 1994), Un/common Cultures (Duke, 2010) and editor of Perspectives on Modern South Asia (Blackwell, 2011), and Occupations (forthcoming). She is currently working on two book manuscripts: “Histories of Rights, Histories of Law” and “A Thousand Genocides Now: Gujarat in the Modern Imaginary of Violence.” Some of her recent essays can be found in Subaltern Studies, Diaspora, Human Rights Quarterly, and the Indian Economic and Social History Review.