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Niharika Banerjea

Dr. Niharika Banerjea

Associate Professor


Associate Professor , School of Liberal Studies


  • Ph.D., Sociology; University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, 2007
  • M.Phil., Sociology; Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, India; 1997
  • M.A., Sociology; Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, India, 1995
  • B.A., Sociology (Honors); Presidency College, University of Calcutta, India, 1993

Past Experience

  • Associate Professor; Sociology, University of Southern Indiana, 2013-2015
  • Assistant Professor; Sociology, University of Southern Indiana, 2007-2013
  • Instructor; Sociology, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, 2004-2007

My Zone / Area of Expertise

Sexuality Studies; Transnational Feminisms; Queer Politics In India; Gender, Sexuality And Development; Queer Methodologies; Collaborative Ethnography ​​​​​​


  • Livable Lives. College of Liberal Arts Faculty Development Award; University of Southern Indiana 2014 (grant)
  • Making Liveable Lives: Rethinking Social Exclusion. Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), with Katherine Browne, University of Brighton; 2014 (grant).
  • Liberal Arts Research Award; University of Southern Indiana; 2010, 2012.


  • Banerjea, Niharika, Kath Browne, Eduarda Ferriera, Marta Olasik and Julie Podmore. 2019. Lesbian Feminism: Essays Opposing the Global Heteropatriarchy. London: Zed Books (forthcoming)
  • Banerjea, Niharika, Debanuj Dasgupta, Rohit Dasgupta and Jaime Grant edited. 2018. Friendship as Social Justice Activism. London, New York, Kolkata: Seagull Books.
  • Banerjea, Niharika, Debanuj Dasgupta, Rohit Dasgupta, Aniruddha Dutta, Amit S Rai and Jack Quintana. 2018. “Queering Digital Cultures: A Roundtable Conversation with Academics and Practitioners” in Rohit Dasgupta and Debanuj Dasgupta edited. Queering Digital India: Activisms, Identities and Subjectivities. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 29-53.
  • Banerjea, Niharika and Katherine Browne. 2018. “Liveable Lives: A Transnational Queer-Feminist Reflection on Sexuality, Development and Governance” in Corrine Mason edited. Queer Development Studies: A Reader. New York: Routledge, pp. 169-180.
  • Browne, Kath, Niharika Banerjea, Nick McGlynn, Sumita B., Leela Bakshi, Rukmini Banerjee and Ranjita Biswas. 2017. “Towards Transnational Feminist Queer Methodologies.” Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography. 24 (10): 1376-1397.First published online 18 September 2017. DOI: 10.1080/0966369X.2017.1372374
  • Banerjea, Niharika, Katherine Browne, Leela Bakshi and Subhagata Ghosh. 2016. “Writing through Activisms and Academia: Challenges and Opportunities” in Katherine Browne and Gavin Brown edited. Ashgate Research Companion to Geographies of Sex and Sexualities. Ashgate.
  • Browne, Katherine, Niharika Banerjea, Leela Bakshi and Nick McGlynn. 2015. “Intervention – Gay Friendly or Homophobic? The Absence of and Problems of Global Standards” in Antipode.
  • Banerjea, Niharika 2015. “Critical Urban Collaborative Ethnographies: Articulating Community and Activism with Women Loving Women in Kolkata, India.” Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography. 22 (8): 1058-1072. First published online 8 August 2014. DOI:10.1080/0966369X.2014.939145
  • Banerjea, Niharika. 2011. “Voluntary Participation and Poor Women’s Work: A Critical Examination of a Community Health Improvement Initiative in a Kolkata Slum.” Contemporary South Asia 19 (4): 427-440.
  • Banerjea, Niharika. 2011. “Voluntary Participation and Self-Governance: A Study of Community Health Volunteering in Kolkata, India.” Cultural Dynamics 23 (3): 198-219.
  • Banerjea, Niharika. 2011. “Special Economic Zones and Middle-Class Connectivity in Urbanizing India.” Global Studies Journal 3 (4): 127-140.
  • Coutinho, Lester, and Niharika Banerjea. 2000. “The Social Production of Blame: A Case Study of OPV Related Deaths in West Bengal.” Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XXXV (8-9): 709-717.
  • Chakrabarti, Anindita and Niharika Banerjea. 2000. “Primary Education in Himachal Pradesh: A Case Study of Kinnaur District.” Journal of Educational Planning and Administration, Vol. XIV (4): 445-460
  • Banerjea, Niharika. 2017. “Revisiting Ethics of Care in Academic Lives.” EPW Engage, 52 (50).
  • Biswas Ranjita, Niharika Banerjea, Rukmini Banerjee, Sumita B. 2016. “Understanding Liveability/ies.” A report of Making Liveable Lives: Rethinking Social Exclusion, A Transnational Research Project between University of Brighton and Sappho for Equality.
  • Sumita B. and Niharika Banerjea. 2014. “Reflecting on Lesbian Suicides in India: A Heart to Heart Conversation.” make/shift: feminisms in motion, Spring/Summer 2015, Issue 15. [Authors listed alphabetically]
  • Banerjea, Niharika and Debanuj Dasgupta. 2013. “States of Desire: Homonationalism and LGBT Activism in India.” Swakanthey, January 2013, Sappho for Equality. Reprinted in Sanhati, June 6 2013 [Authors listed alphabetically]
  • Banerjea, Niharika, Dan Bauer, and Ronda Priest. 2012. “Engage Henderson.” Center for Applied Research, University of Southern Indiana. [Authors listed alphabetically]
  • Banerjea, Niharika. 2011. “Narmada River.” Pp 840-841 in Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues, edited by Craig W. Alinn. Salem Press, CA.
  • Banerjea, Niharika. 2011.“New Urbanism.” Pp 871-872 in Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues, edited by Craig W. Alinn. Salem Press, CA.

Seminar / Conferences

  • Banerjea, Niharika. “Here, There and Elsewhere: Third World Difference and a Politics of Liveability”, Here Versus There: Beyond Comparison in Queer and Sexuality Politics, Maynooth University, June 17-18, 2019 (keynote)
  • Banerjea, Niharika. “Liveability as a Decolonial Option through Collaborative Research and Activisms”, 10th European Feminist Research Conference, Georg-August-Universitat, Gottingen, September 12-15, 2018 (keynote)
  • Banerjea, Niharika. “Queer-feminist geographies in an ‘unsafe city’: An autoethnographic account of freedom and belonging”, 25th European Conference on South Asian Studies, Paris, July 24-27, 2018.
  • Banerjea, Niharika. “Queer-feminist Pedagogies and the Politics of Interruption in the Classroom”, International Feminist Journal of Politics Annual Conference, San Francisco, California, April 2-3, 2018.
  • Banerjea, Niharika. “Queer Temporalities: Geographical Imaginations of the Other”, University of Kalyani, 13-14 March, 2018 (plenary speaker)
  • Banerjea, Niharika.“Interrogating Gender and Sexuality: Has the End of Gender Arrived?” with Dr. Ranjita Biswas, XV National Conference on Women’s Studies, Chennai, 22-25 January, 2017.
  • Banerjea, Niharika. “Sexuality, Development and Governance: A Transnational Queer-Feminist Critique”, Gender and Governance organized by the UPE Centre for Advanced Research and Training-Governance and Development, Osmania University, February 11, 2017
  • Banerjea, Niharika. “Researching Liveable Lives: Reflections on Transnational LGBTQ Methodologies,” with Kath Browne, Nick McGlynn, Sumita, Ranjita Biswas and Leela Bakshi. The Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers Annual International Conference, University of Exeter, September 2-4, 2015