Faculty Newcomer Grewal Is Expert in Postcolonial Feminist Theory

The Program in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies this fall is welcoming its first senior faculty member: Inderpal Grewal, formerly of the University of California-Irvine (UCI).

Grewal comes to Yale as professor of women’s, gender and sexuality studies, with secondary appointments in American studies and anthropology, and a formal affiliation with the South Asian Studies Council.

At UCI, she was Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellow and played a key role in building the Program in Women’s Studies into a full department. At the same time, she helped launched a new interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in “Culture and Theory.”

Grewal’s areas of interest include transnational and postcolonial feminist theory; feminism and human rights, non-governmental organizations and theories of civil society and citizenship; law and subjectivity; travel and mobility; and South Asian cultural studies.

Her current works in progress include a book-length monograph, titled “The Gender of Security,” on relations among security formations, the state, gender, and feminisms in contemporary India and the United States. Grewal is co-editor and contributing author to the field-shaping 1994 volume “Scattered Hegemonies: Postmodernity and Transnational Feminist Practices” (with Caren Kaplan), which was responsible for inaugurating transnational feminist cultural studies. Her most recent book, “Trans­national America: Feminisms, Diasporas, Neoliberalism” has been hailed as “an important intervention by one of the foremost feminist postcolonial critics in the United States academy today.”

Among Grewal’s other publications of special note are her 1996 book. “Home and Harem: Nation, Gender, Empire and the Culture of Travel” and a textbook designed for the undergraduate and graduate classroom, “An Introduction to Women’s Studies: Gender in a Transnational World” (co-authored and edited with Kaplan). In addition to serving on the boards of several scholarly journals, Grewal — along with Kaplan and Robyn Wiegman — is series editor for “New Wave in Women’s Studies,” a book series published by Duke University Press.

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