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Elora Chowdhury, Ph.D.


Elora Halim Chowdhury is an Associate Professor of Women’s Studies, and Faculty Affiliate to the Asian Studies Program, and the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She received her Ph.D. in Women’s Studies at Clark University (2004). Her teaching and research interests include transnational feminisms, critical development studies, gendered violence and human rights advocacy with an emphasis on South Asia. She is the author of Transnationalism Reversed: Women Organizing Against Gendered Violence in Bangladesh (SUNY Press, 2011). She has published widely in peer-reviewed journals as well as in edited anthologies. These include venues such as Meridians: Feminism Race Transnationalism;  International Feminist Journal of Politics;  Women’s Studies International Forum; Gender, Place & Culture; Violence Against Women; Journal of Bangladesh Studies; Cultural Dynamics;  and Asian American Literary Review. Her creative essays and fiction have been published in Catamaran; Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies; and Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. She is currently working on a manuscript on dissident cross-cultural feminist alliances.

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 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