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Swapna M. Banerjee


Location: 1127b Boylan Hall
Phone: 718.951.5000 x2815
Fax: 718.951.4504

Swapna Banerjee's research lies at the intersection of gender, caste-class, race, and ethnicity in colonial India. Her book Men, Women and Domestics: Articulating Middle-Class Identity in Colonial Bengal (OUP, 2004) employs the lens of employer-servant relationships to understand the construction of national identity in colonial Bengal. Her second monograph, Fathers in a Motherland: Imagining Fatherhood in Colonial India (OUP, forthcoming 2021) interrogates the strong connection between fatherhood and masculinity. Her works appear in many edited volumes and journals. On a fellowship from the Australian Research Council, she is currently working on a collaborative research project. It historicizes the travelling Indian ayahs and Chinese amahs of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Banerjee was named the Endowed Chair in Women's and Gender Studies (2016-18). She is affiliated with PURAI: Global Indigenous and Diaspora Research Studies at the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia.

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