Smitha Radhakrishnan

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A.B., M.A., Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

Smitha Radhakrishnan
Assistant Professor of Sociology

Interested in globalization, gender, and nationalism; and in interdisciplinary, interactive learning in the classroom.

I'm interested in the cultural politics of globalization, especially as they take shape in relation to gender, class, and nation. My most recent project examines the transnational class culture of Indian information technology (IT) professionals in India, the Silicon Valley, and South Africa. In particular, I focus on the importance of gendered discourses of a good family, and the centrality of these ideas in the production of a new, revitalized India.
My work on this topic appears in Appropriately Indian: Gender and Culture in a New Transnational Class (Duke University Press, 2011). My previous research has studied meanings of race, ethnicity, and femininity amongst South African Indians in Durban (South Africa). I've also studied issues of gender and development in Rajasthan and Kerala (India). Before coming to Wellesley, I was a Global Fellow at UCLA’s International Institute.

My courses offer students an opportunity to use the tools of social science to think deeply about issues of difference in a globalized, interconnected world. Covering a broad range of topics from gender and development to race and nationalism, each course focuses on critical reading, a transnational perspective, and the dynamic linkages between theory and practice.

In parallel with my academic life, I continue to learn, perform, and promote Indian classical dance, specifically the forms of Bharatnatyam and Mohini Attam, which I have studied continuously since I was a child. Since 1991, I have performed regularly in California, Arizona, South Africa, and India at various times, and am currently a part of the Aparna Sindhoor Dance Theater, based in Boston.