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Smitha Radhakrishnan | Q&A

Smitha Radhakrishnan | Social Science

Smitha Radhakrishnan is Associate Professor of Sociology and the Luella LaMer Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, USA. As a feminist ethnographer of gender and globalization, Smitha strives for her scholarship to illuminate how the local and the global reflect and challenge one another. In her teaching, she aims for her students to ascertain that complex, dazzling set of dynamic interconnections. In the two major research projects that have defined her scholarship so far, she has examined the institutional contexts of work, finance, and international development, in the geographical contexts of urban India, the U.S., and South Africa, always with a focus on individual subjectivities and experiences. As a result of these engagements, both her research and teaching engage the interconnected legacies of colonialism and slavery. She highlights how these histories are often re-inscribed through contemporary forms of inequality.