Faculty & Staff
Elora Halim Chowdhury, PhD
Areas of Expertise
Transnational feminisms, Critical development studies, Gender violence , Human Rights narrative and advocacy 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
- Dissident Friendships: Feminism, Imperialism and Transnational Solidarity. Co-edited with Liz Philipose. University of Illinois Press: Dissident Feminisms Series. Forthcoming 2016.
- Transnationalism Reversed: Women Organizing Against Gendered Violence in Bangladesh. Albany: State University of New York Press, Praxis: Theory in Action Series, 2011. Awarded the Gloria E. Anzaldua Book Prize from the National Women’s Studies Association (2012).
- “When Love and Violence Meet: Women’s Agency and Transformative Politics in Rubaiyat Hossain’s Meherjaan.” Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy. Forthcoming 2015.
- “Rethinking patriarchy, culture and masculinity: Transnational narratives of gender violence and human rights advocacy.” HAWWA Journal of the Women of the Middle East and the Islamic World Vol 12, 2014, pp. 79 – 100.
- “Debunking ‘Truths’ Claiming Justice: Reflections on Yasmin Saikia’s Women War and the Making of Bangladesh: Remembering 1971.” Human Rights Quarterly. Vol 34, November 2012, pp. # 1201 – 1211.
- “Feminism and its ‘Other’: Representing the ‘New Woman’ of Bangladesh.” Gender, Place & Culture. Vol 17, No 3, June 2010, pp. # 301 – 318.
- “Transnationalism Reversed: Engaging Religion, Development and Women’s Organizing in Bangladesh.” Women’s Studies International Forum. Vol 32, Issue 6, 2009, pp. # 414-423.
- “Locating Global Feminisms Elsewhere: Braiding U.S. Women of Color, and Transnational Feminisms” Cultural Dynamics. Vol 21, No 1, 2009, pp. # 51 – 78.
- “Engaging Islam: Feminisms, Religiosities & Self-Determinations.” Co-editor with Leila Farsakh and Rajini Srikanth of Special Issue of The International Feminist Journal of Politics. Vol 10, No 4, 2008. (Co-author, “Introduction: Engaging Islam” pp. # 439 – 454).
- “Negotiating State and NGO Politics in Bangladesh: Women Mobilize Against Acid Violence.” Violence Against Women: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal. Vol 13, No 8, 2007, pp. # 857 – 873.
- “Feminist Negotiations: Contesting Narratives of the Campaign Against Acid Violence in Bangladesh.” Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism. Vol 6, No1, 2005, pp. # 162 - 193. Reprinted in Gender Culture and Power. Dorothy Hodgson, Editor. Oxford University Press. Forthcoming.
- “Development.” In Handbook of Feminist Theory, Lisa Disch and Mary Hawkesworth, Editors. Oxford University Press, Forthcoming.
- “The Space Between Us: Reading Umrigar and Sangari in the Quest for Female Friendship.” In Dissident Friendships: Feminism, Imperialism and Transnational Solidarity. Elora Halim Chowdhury and Liz Philipose, Editors. University of Illinois Press, Forthcoming.
- “From Dhaka to Cincinnati: Charting Transnational Narratives of Trauma Victimization and Survival.” In Contesting Feminisms, Contestory Spaces: Gender and Islam in Asia, Huma Ahmed-Ghosh, Editor. Albany: Syracuse University Press. Forthcoming.
- “’We will work harder to be our own boss’: Children, violence, and structural inequality in South Asia.” In Children Politics and Violence in South Asia, Bina D’Costa, Editor. London: Cambridge University Press. Forthcoming.
- “Women Islam Transnationalism: Politics of location and other contentions in women’s organizing in Bangladesh.” In , Women and Peace in the Islamic World: Gender, Agency, and Influence, Yasmin Saikia and Chad Haines, Editors. London: I.B. Tauris. 2015.
- “Bengali, Bangladeshi yet Muslim.” In Living Our Religions. Bandana Purkayastha and Anjana Narayan, Editors. VA: Kumarian Press, 2009, pp.# 211 - 231.
- “From Dhaka to Cincinnati: Tracing the Trajectory of a Transnational Violence Against Women Campaign.” In Body Evidence: Intimate Violence Against South Asian Women in America, Shamita Das Dasgupta, Editor. NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2007, pp. # 258 – 274.
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.
Gender in Global Context
Introduction to Human Rights
Transnational Feminisms (Honors Program)
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)