Faculty & Staff

Elora Halim Chowdhury, PhD

Associate Professor and Chair of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, College of Liberal Arts Affiliate faculty, Asian Studies Department; Asian American Studies Program, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security and Global Governance.
Affiliated Researcher, Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights


photo of Elora Chowdhury

Areas of Expertise

Transnational feminisms, Critical development studies, Gender violence, Narrative and film with an emphasis on South Asia


PhD, Women's Studies, Clark University
MA, Women's Studies, Ohio State University
BA, Women's Studies & Cultural Area Studies, College of Wooster

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Current Projects

“Transregional Filmscapes in South Asia: Practices, Politics, History” A multi-country collaborative project involving scholarly network, exchanges and co-authored volume with Professor Esha Niyogi De (UCLA).

Professor Chowdhury is the Series Editor to the Dissident Feminisms Series at the University of Illinois Press

Additional Information

Professor Chowdhury is the current Vice President of the National Women's Studies Association (NWSA)
In 2005, Elora was awarded a Mellon-Future of Minority Studies Fellowship at Cornell University, and in 2006 she was a Future of Minority Studies Post-doctoral Fellow in the Women's and Gender Studies Program at Syracuse University. In 2007, she served as a co-principal investigator to a multi-year grant from the Ford Foundation for the project, "Engaging Islam: Feminisms, Religiosities & Self-Determinations."

Prior to joining UMass, Elora held appointments at the Gender Resource Center, and the Rural Development Program in BRAC (1996 - 1997), and the Education, Knowledge and Religion Program at the Ford Foundation, New York (2000 - 2004). She also served as a feature writer for the Daily Star in Bangladesh.

She serves on the Editorial/Advisory Boards of Studies in South Asian Film and Media; Journal of Feminist Scholarship; Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society; Bangladesh Development Initiative.

Courses taught

Gender in Global Context
Introduction to Human Rights
Transnational Feminisms (Honors College)
Asian Women in the U.S.
Becoming South Asian
Gender Development & Globalization
Gender Religion and Politics in South Asia
Women of Color
Gender, Nation, Politics (Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies)
Feminisms and Islam (Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies)