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Mahua Sarkar

Professor, Interim Graduate Director; Professor

Sociology; Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies


Professor Sarkar’s research and publications focus on a range of topics including: religious nationalisms, Muslim identity formation and the gender question in colonial Bengal, the politics of historiography in India, global labor history/labor studies, contemporary guest-work, gestational surrogacy as a new form of labour, and epistemological debates underlying qualitative research methods. She has been the recipient of a number of prestigious fellowships, including: France-ILO Chair at the Institut d’Etudes Avancées de Nantes, France; EURIAS (European Institutes for Advanced Study) fellowship at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin; and fellowships at Re:work, Humboldt University, Berlin, the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi, and the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. She serves as a Series Editor for a book series with De Gruyter Oldenbourg, Berlin, entitled, Work in Global and Historical Perspective.

Professor Sarkar currently offers courses on social theory, global inequalities, gender and feminist studies, migration, critical development studies, and the politics of methods. In the near future, she plans to develop courses on critical labor studies.


  • PhD, MA, Johns Hopkins University
  • BA, Colby College

Research Interests

  • Historical Sociology
  • Global Labor History/Labor Studies
  • Contemporary Transnational Migration/Guest-Work
  • Politics of Methods/Qualitative Research

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae