Leela Fernandes
Department of Political Science

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

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Leela Fernandes is Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University - New Brunswick. Her most recent book, India’s New Middle Class: Democratic Politics in an Era of Economic Reform (2006) examines the political implications that the rise of the Indian middle class has had for Indian democracy and the politics of globalization. She is also the author of Producing Workers: The Politics of Gender, Class and Culture in the Calcutta Jute Mills (1997) and Transforming Feminist Practice (2003). Her research focuses on questions of cultural politics, gender and political economy. She has published articles on labor, gender, cultural politics, nationalism, human rights and globalization and has received fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation, American Institute for Indian Studies, the American Council of Learned Societies and the Social Science Research Council.

Leela Fernandes is currently working on two research projects. The first project on religion and politics in India focuses on developing a historical and philosophical understanding of  the relationship between religion, social movements and the state. The second project represents a series of theoretical essays that examines the relationship between ethics, politics and knowledge.

She is also currently the South Asia Editor of the journal Critical Asian Studies.

Updated September 16, 2007