Professor Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and English
Feminist and literary theories; cultural studies of globalization as it intersects with nationalism, democracy, and imperialism; "minoritized" literatures, with a transnational comparative basis in Western Europe and Asia.

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Sonita Sarker (MA and PhD, UCLA; MA, Kolkata) held the position of chair of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from 2001-2006. She is professor in WGSS and the English Department. Sonita’s research and teaching interests are: feminist and literary theories, cultural globalization as it intersects with nationalism, democracy, and imperialism, and in ‘minoritized’ literatures, with a transnational comparative basis in Western Europe and Asia.

She offers courses in feminist postmodern and postcolonial theories, 20th and 21st century transnational comparative women’s writing, and sociopolitical activism. Her co-edited collectionTrans-Status Subjects: Gender in the Globalization of South and Southeast Asia was published from Duke University Press (Fall 2002). Her current book-length project that has almost neared completion is Sustainable Feminisms, forthcoming from Elsevier, under the series Advances in Gender Research, in 2007. Post/Colonial Modernisms, a section she has collated and edited, is forthcoming in The Gender of Modernism from Indiana University Press.

She has published essays on Shashi Deshpande, Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain, and Virginia Woolf in publications by The Feminist Press, in Archiv Orientalni, and in the National Women’s Studies Association Journal. Her reviews appear in Women’s Review of BooksWomen’s Studies Quarterly,Modern Fiction Studies, and Journal of Colonialism and Colonial HistoryCultural CritiqueCallaloo, and the University of Toronto Quarterly.

She is the recipient of awards from the Ford, Mellon, Bush, Hewlett, FaCE, and Wallace Foundations. In 2007, she will be a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Oxford in England. In Fall 2002, she garnered the Ford Foundation Emerging Leaders, New Directions 2-year grant for WGS; one major event in this grant was the ‘Sustainable Feminisms’ conference at Macalester (October 3-5, 2003) at which academics, activists, social workers, and policy makers gathered to discuss the relationships between feminist theories and practices.

She has been the convener of the International Task Force at the NWSA (5 years) and an executive committee member of the MLA division in Women’s Studies in Language and Literature (2 years). She is currently the chair of International Relations at the Modernist Studies Association.


  • Grant, Bush Foundation
  • Grant, Hewlett Foundation
  • Grant, Wallace Foundation
  • Grant, Keck Foundation
  • Grant, Mellon Foundation
  • Grant, Ford Foundations

M.A: Kolkata

PhD: M.A. University of California Los Angeles