Professor and Department Chair


  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Professor and Department Chair
  • Department:

    • Ethnic Studies and Women's Studies & Gender Research
  • Education:

    • Dual Degree Ph.D. from the Departments of Political Science and Women's Studies at Penn State


Dr. Sushmita Chatterjee's research interests include feminist and queer theory, transnational gender and sexuality studies, postcolonial theory, animal studies, and visual politics. She has published in journals such as Feminist Studies, Hypatia: Journal of Feminist Philosophy, Gender, Place, and Culture, PS: Political Science and Politics, Studies in South Asian Film and Media, and Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture. She is currently working on a book about postcolonial theory and some of its queer and spectral manifestations as seen in a politics of play. Her recent publications include a co-edited volume titled Meat! A Transnational Analysis, with Banu Subramaniam, from Duke University Press 2021.


Chatterjee, Sushmita, Deboleena Roy, and Banu Subramaniam. “Specters of Biological Politics: Conversations within and across South Asia,” In Birth Controlled: Selective Reproduction and Neoliberal Eugenics in South Africa and India, edited by Amrita Pande. Manchester University Press. 2022, 36-59.

Chatterjee, Sushmita and Kiran Asher. “Animal Sightings and Citings under Covid Capitalism: Beyond Liberal Sentimentalism,” special issue of Feminist Studies on Feminism and Capitalism. 47.3, 2021, 599-626.

Chatterjee, Sushmita. “Beefing Yoga: Meat, Corporeality, and Politics” In S. Chatterjee and B. Subramaniam (Eds.), Meat! A Transnational Analysis, Duke University Press. 2021, 96-120.

Chatterjee, Sushmita. “Graphic Novels in the Classroom: A Postcolonial, Queer Methodology.” MLA series titled Teaching Anglophone South Asian Women Writers edited by Deepika Bahri and Filippo Menozzi. July 2021, 163-171.