Faculty & Staff

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Elora Halim Chowdhury, PhD

  • Associate Professor and Chair of Women's and Gender Studies Department, College of Liberal Arts Affiliate faculty, Asian Studies Department; Asian American Studies Program
    Affiliated Researcher, Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights
  • Telephone: 617.287.6764
  • Office Location: Wheatley Hall-05-059

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

Additional Information

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 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)