Richa Nagar is Professor of the College in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, and currently holds a Russell M. and Elizabeth M. Bennett Chair in Excellence and a Beverly and Richard Fink Professorship in Liberal Arts. Her multi-lingual and multi-genre research and teaching blends scholarship, creative writing, political theatre, and community activism to build alliances with people's struggles and to engage questions of ethics, responsibility, and justice in and through knowledge making.
Richa's co/authored or co/edited books in Hindi and English include: Sangtin Yatra: Saat Zindgiyon Mein Lipta Nari Vimarsh (2004), Playing with Fire: Feminist Thought and Activism through Seven Lives in India (2006), A World of Difference: Encountering and Contesting Development (2009), Critical Transnational Feminist Praxis (2010), Ek Aur Neemsaar: Sangtin Atmamanthan Aur Andolan (2012), Muddying the Waters: Coauthoring Feminisms Across Scholarship and Activism (2014), and Main aur Mera Man: Sharad Nagar (2016). Her new book, Hungry Translations: Relearning the World Through Radical Vulnerability, is forthcoming with the University of Illinois Press in 2019.
Her work has been translated into Bahasa Indonesia, German, Italian, Mandarin, Marathi, and Turkish.
Richa has worked with the Sangtin Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan, a movement of farmers and laborers in India's Sitapur District, which evolved from the writing of Sangtin Writers, and she has cobuilt a multi-sited community theatre project called Parakh, with Mumbai-based artist, Tarun Kumar. Parakh brings together amateurs and professional actors to reflect on social issues through literary texts and through their own stories (click here for glimpses of this work).
Richa was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford in 2005-2006 and at the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Study (JNIAS) at New Delhi in 2011-2012. In 2017, she was appointed as an Honorary Professor at the Unit for Humanities at Rhodes University (UHURU), Grahamstown, South Africa. Her home department is Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies.
In 2018-2019, Richa has been selected to serve as a Global Research Scholar in the University of Minnesota's Provost's Grand Challenge Research Collaborative on Fostering Just and Equitable Communities.
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