• Lecturer
  • Department: Women's and Gender Studies
  • Job Placement: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2015-current)
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  • Committee: C. Bunch, J.Diamond, D. Hodgson, J. Quinn
  • Dissertation: Between Samskaras and Adhikaras: Rape, Suicide and the State in Contemporary India


Debotri Dhar received a B.A. in Economics (Honors) from Delhi University, India, and a Masters with distinction in Women’s Studies from University of Oxford, UK, before earning her Ph.D in Women’s and Gender Studies from Rutgers. She is currently a full-time lecturer in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Debotri has published book chapters, essays, and articles in journals such as Postcolonial Text, Feminist Formations, and Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy. She has edited and introduced numerous volumes including Education and Gender (Bloomsbury Academic: London, New York, New Delhi), Love is not a Word: The Culture and Politics of Desire (Speaking Tiger: New Delhi), and The Best Asian Short Stories (Kitaab, Singapore). Her monograph on sexual violence and the state is forthcoming from Routledge (London, New York, New Delhi), and she is working on her next. Dr. Dhar has served as an expert panelist for the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships and a reviewer for the National Women's Studies Association, among others. Debotri also writes books in the genres of fiction and creative non-fiction, as well as articles on gender issues for popular publications, and has served as a judge for the Barbara Deming Fund for women writers (New York). She has spoken on television and radio, to communicate on gender issues with a wider audience, and lent her interdisciplinary expertise to organizations across sectors.