Academic and professional trajectory

I took my Ph.D. in Comparative Politics at the University of Florida (1998), and also obtained a graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies. Prior to my doctoral work, I took a Masters in Environmental Management at Duke University (1990). My undergraduate training was in the Life Sciences at St Xavier’s College, Bombay (1987).

Before joining the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst ( in 2015, I spent two years working as a Senior Scientist at the Center for International Forestry Research based in Bogor, Indonesia.  From 2002-2013 I taught International Development and Social Change at Clark University.  Prior to that I was a Rockefeller postdoctoral fellow (2001-2002) at the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers University, NJ ( I have also taught at Mount Holyoke College, MA (1997-1998) and Bates College, ME (1998-2001). In spring 2006, during my pre-tenure sabbatical from Clark, I returned to Mount Holyoke College as a research associate at the Five Colleges Women’s Studies Research Center ( Since 2007, I have been affiliated as a research associate with the Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst During my post tenure sabbatical, in spring 2009, I was in India on a Fulbright ( Indo-American Environmental Leadership Program fellowship. I returned to India in spring 2010 as a research fellow at the Centre for Studies in Science Policy [CSSP]

I have carried out conservation-related fieldwork in India, China, the USA, and various Latin American countries including Colombia, worked as a biodiversity consultant for the World Bank (in 1991), and as a gender consultant for several Colombian NGOs (in 1995). In 2005, I was one of several people who aided a CARE-USA team to develop and evaluate the research protocols for their “Strategic Impact Inquiry on Women’s Empowerment.” In summer 2008, I worked with the Julian Cho Society (JCS), a Maya social movement in southern Belize to link gender politics and indigenous land rights struggles.