Richa Nagar is Professor of the College in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Her multi-lingual and multi-genre work blends scholarship, creative writing, theatre, and activism to build alliances with people’s struggles and to engage questions of ethics, responsibility, and justice.
Richa has published eight books and dozens of essays, articles, plays, and poems in English and Hindi. Her books in English include the trilogy: Playing with Fire: Feminist Thought and Activism through Seven Lives in India (2006), Muddying the Waters: Coauthoring Feminisms Across Scholarship and Activism (2014), and Hungry Translations: Relearning the World Through Radical Vulnerability (2019). Her work has been translated into German, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Marathi, and Turkish. Richa has worked closely with the Sangtin Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan, a movement of farmers and laborers in India’s Sitapur District, since its founding, and she has co-created a multi-sited community theatre project called Parakh and the online journal, AGITATE! Unsettling Knowledges.
Richa’s many awards and honors include the 2020 International Studies Association’s Global Development Studies Book Award for Hungry Translations: Relearning the World Through Radical Vulnerability, the James Blaut Award for Socialist and Critical Geography, Gloria E. Anzaldúa Book Prize Honorable Mention for Muddying the Waters, the Rumpus.net’s Women’s History Celebration Listing for Playing with Fire, and the Russell M. and Elizabeth M. Bennett Chair in Excellence and the Beverly and Richard Fink Professorship in Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota. She has held visiting fellowships at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (Stanford University), the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Study (Jawaharlal Nehru University), the Centre for Humanities Research (University of the Western Cape), and the Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule Women’s Studies Centre (Savitribai Phule Pune University).
Richa’s home department is Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies and she is a Fellow at the Institute on the Environment.