Faculty & Staff
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
Areas of Expertise
Transnational feminisms, Critical development studies, Gender violence , Human Rights advocacy, 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
- Dissident Friendships: Feminism, Imperialism and Transnational Solidarity. Co-edited with Liz Philipose. ("Introduction" and "The Space Between Us: Reading Umrigar and Sangari in the Quest for Female Friendship") University of Illinois Press: Dissident Feminisms Series. 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).
- “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).
- “When Love and Violence Meet: Women’s Agency and Transformative Politics in Rubaiyat Hossain’s Meherjaan.” Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy. Vol 30, No 4, 2015.
- "War Healing and Trauma: Reading the Feminine Aesthetics and Politics in Rubaiyat Hossain's Meherjaan" Feminist Formations. Vol 28 Issue 3, Winter 2016.
- “Politicizing the Site of Fashion: Conversations with Designing Women in Dhaka” Fashion, Style and Popular Culture. Forthcoming. Vol 4 Issue 2, February 2017.
- “Development Paradoxes: Feminist Solidarity, Alternative Imaginaries and New Spaces.” Journal of International Women's Studies. Vol 17 Issue 1, 2016
- “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.
- “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.
- “’We will work harder to be our own boss’: Children, violence, and structural inequality.” In Children Politics and Violence in South Asia, Bina D’Costa, Editor. London: Cambridge University Press, 2016.
- “Friendship” In Gender: Love, Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks. Jennifer Nash, Editor. Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan Reference USA, 2016. Pp.# 17-26.
- “Ethical Encounters: Friendship, Reckoning and Healing in Shameem Akhtar’s Daughters of History (1999)” In New Feminisms in South Asia: Disrupting the Discourse Through Social Media, Film and Literature, Alka Kurian and Sonora Jha, Editors. New York: Routledge. Forthcoming.
- “Development” In Oxford Handbook of Feminist Theory, Mary Hawkesworth and Lisa Jane Disch, Editors. London: Oxford University Press, 2016.
- “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, 2015
- “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.
- “Locating Global Feminisms Elsewhere: Braiding U.S. Women of Color, and Transnational Feminisms” Cultural Dynamics. Vol 21, No 1, 2009.
- “Bengali, Bangladeshi yet Muslim.” In Living Our Religions. Bandana Purkayastha and Anjana Narayan, Editors. VA: Kumarian Press, 2009.
“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
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)