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, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security and Global Governance.
Affiliated Researcher, Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights
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
- 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
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.
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)