Chitra Sinha

gästforskare vid Centrum för genusvetenskap

Villavägen 6
752 36 UPPSALA
Box 527
751 20 Uppsala

Mina kurser


Detta stycke finns inte på svenska, därför visas den engelska versionen.


Dr. Chitra Sinha has been in academia for over three decades in India, USA, Sweden, South Africa and Bahrain. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Mumbai, India and has taught at the University of Mumbai, SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai, India, Visva Bharati University, India and Royal University for Women, Bahrain covering a wide range of subjects in the area of social sciences, including research methodology, gender studies, history, and political science, sociology, and media studies. She has also designed and conducted training programs for college and university teachers and has contributed to College and University Teacher’s Orientation Programmes of the SNDT Women’s University as well as University of Mumbai, trained corporate executives in customized programmes and contributed to postgraduate distance education program of University of Mumbai. Dr. Chitra has been a Member of the Syllabus Committee for M.Phil, M.A. and B.A. courses of the University of Mumbai and S.N.D.T Women’s University, Mumbai, and has served as a member and coordinator of the Curriculum development committee for the Mass Media Course, University of Mumbai.

Dr. Chitra has also conducted extensive research in the areas of history of women’s education, family law reforms, communication and social consciousness, role of media in society, and broader issues of human rights. She did her Ph.D. from University of Mumbai , India and had been recipient of several prestigious fellowships including the Fellowship of Asiatic Society, Mumbai, New India Foundation Book Writing Fellowship and the South Asia Regional Fellowship of Social Science Research Council, Ford Foundation, USA.

  1. Professional Experience

Current Positions

• Guest Researcher, Centre for Gender Research, Uppsala University, Sweden ( 2015-present)

• Research Fellow (Non-resident) , Centre for Gender and African Studies, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa,( 2017- present ).

Major Contributions:

  • Taught a course in the area of “Family and Kinship Studies”, Center for Gender Research, Uppsala University.
  • As Board Member, South Asia Studies, Uppsala University, Sweden since 2018, contributed to the growth of South Asia research at the Uppsala University.
  • Collaborated with the Equal Opportunities Forum, University of Bahrain on a variety of gender issues.
  • As Member, Committee on Asia Pacific Rim Studies, University of the Free State since 2017, worked on a wide range of social issues of the region

Publications and Presented Papers:

  • Book: Discourse and Identity Formation: Parliamentary Debates in Bahrain, ( co-authored with Lamya Al Kooheji), Benjamin Publishing House, The Netherlands and USA ( December 2017).
  • Published Article on “Rhetoric, Reason and Representation: Four Narratives of the Hindu Code Bill” in Ruby Maloni ( ed.),Historian’s Craft, Manohar Publishers, 2018.
  • Presented a paper on “From Suffrage to Empowerment: Legal Reform and Feminist Consciousness in 20th Century India” at Workshop on “Women’s Suffrage” , Stockholm, Sweden, April, 2019.
  • Presented a Paper on “Intersectionality, Identity Politics and Question of Choice in Marriage-“Love Jihad” in India, at the Conference on Close Relations, Uppsala University, Sweden, October 2018.
  • Keynote Address in the Conference on “Women in STEM: Empowerment, Opportunities and Challenges”, University of Bahrain and Supreme Council for Women, Bahrain, May 7, 2017.
  • Lecture on “Women , Law and Leadership : A framework for Sustainable Progress” at the University in December 2016.
  • Presented Paper on “ Global Peace and Social justice: Shared Vision of Alva Myrdal and Jawaharlal Nehru” presented at the International Conference on “ Gender, Activism and Politics in India and Sweden” , organized by Banaras Hindu University, India and Karlstad University, Sweden, Banaras, India, 3-4 April, 2017.
  • Presented a paper on “Demystifying the Second Manu” as part of Indo- Swedish collaborative research group conference on “Gender, Activism and Politics in India and Sweden”, Karlstad University, Karlstad, Sweden, June 2016.
  • Presented a Paper on “Feminist Consciousness in India’ in a conference on “Women and Society”, Royal University for Women, Bahrain, April 2016. Chaired a session on “Women, Violence and Activism” at the Conference on “Women and Society”, April, 2016.


Associate Professor, Centre for General Studies, Royal University for Women, Bahrain.

Major Contributions:

  • Faculty, Sociology, Gender Studies, Research Methodology
  • Contributed to setting up of the Women’s Studies Unit
  • Editor, University Newsletter
  • Organized Academic Debates
  • Participated in Research Committee

Publications and Presented Papers:

  • “Social Construction of the Feminine in Independent India ; A Historical perspective” was accepted for presentation at the Humanities, Literature, Culture and Art 2014 Global Conference, Washington D.C., USA, December 2014.
  • Paper on “At the Intersection of Religious Wisdom and Social Affairs: The Journey from Karve matric toS.N.D.T Women’s University (1916-1949) “was Presented (E-presentation) at the Macrotheme Conference “Business and Social Science research Conference” Paris, France, December 2014.
  • “Social Construction of the Feminine in Independent India ; A Historical perspective” was accepted for presentation at the Humanities, Literature, Culture and Art 2014 Global Conference, Washington D.C., USA, December 2014.


Visiting Fellow, School of Women’s Studies, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India.

Major Contributions:

  • Carried out research work on Indian legal history.
  • Oral History Association, USA ( Member)
  • Indian History Congress ( Member)
  • Member, Migrant Worker’s Protection Society, Bahrain.

Publications and Presented Papers:

  • “Arab Spring and Gender Empowerment”, Indian History Congress, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha, India, December, 2013.
  • “Sanskrita Stree Parashakti”, National Seminar on “The Legacy of Radhakrishnan: Representing India in a New Global Order”, Vinaya Bhavana, Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan, September 5-6, 2013.
  • Invited Lecture on “Hindu Code Bill”, Department of History, Visva Bharati University, September 5, 2013.
  • “Debating Patriarchy”, Invited Lecture at the Women’s Studies Centre, Visva Bharati University, September 2, 2013.
  • “Identity, Sexuality and Voice: Gender Discourse in Ancient India”, paper presented at International Women’s Day Seminar on “Role of Women in Ancient Texts”, Women’s Studies Centre, Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan, March 8, 2013.
  • “Law and Gender Consciousness in India”, Invited Lecture at Women’s Studies Centre, Visva Bharati University, January 22, 2013.
  • Communicative Processes and Gender Empowerment”, Lecture at Refreshers Course organized by Burdwan University, January 2, 2013.
  • “Women and Media”, Invited Lecture at the Royal University for Women, Bahrain.


Research Fellow, New India Foundation

Publications and Presented Papers:

Published a book on Debating Patriarchy: The Hindu Code Bill Controversy in India (1941-1956), Oxford University Press, India and USA, 2012.The Book formed the basis for an Indian documentary Television Series “Pradhanmantri” directed by renowned filmmaker Sekhar Kapoor, ABP News (Hindi) and in the TV Serial, “Simhasana” ABP News ( Marathi).

Major citations include:

  • Indian Law Commission, Report on Family Law , 2018
  • Amartya Sen and Jean Dreze (2013): An Uncertain Glory: India and its Contradictions, Princeton University Press.
  • Sharmila Rege (2013), Against the Madness of Manu: B.R Ambedkar's Writings on Brahmanical Patriarchy,Navayana Publications,
  • Center for the Study of Women, University of California Los Angeles, USA has showcased my book in their news section:
  • The Book has been reviewed by Maithreyi Krishnaraj for Social Change, a Sage Publications Journal in December 2013.(
  • The Book is included in Syllabus of several Universities including McGill University and University of Calcutta .


Reader (Associate Professor) in Women’s Studies, Research Centre for Women’s Studies, SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai. India.

Major Contributions:

  • Worked as Associate Professor in India’s premier centre for women’s studies.
  • Member,Asiatic Society of Bombay
  • Conducted a number of academic workshops on Gender and Human Rights
  • Visiting Faculty, Diploma Course in Human Rights, Department of Politics, and University of Mumbai, 2006- 07.

Publications and Presented Papers:

  • Article in Maithreyi Krishnaraj (ed.), Motherhood in India: Glorification without Empowerment, Routledge(
  • Article on “Images of Motherhood: the Hindu Code Bill Discourse in India” Economic and Political Weekly, November, 2007.
  • Article in “Role of Women in the UN”, published in Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 41, No. 37, September 16-22, 2006.
  • Paper presented in the National Conference on Gender, Visva Bharati University, India, December, 2008.
  • “Women’s Rights as Human Rights”, Research Centre for Women’s Studies, S.N.D.T. Women’s University, Mumbai, 2007.
  • “Legal reform and Empowerment of Women in India”, University of Mumbai, 2007.
  • “Theoretical Underpinnings of Women’s Movements in India”, Research Centre for Women’s Studies,S.N.D.T. Women’s University, Mumbai, 2007.
  • “Women Saints of India”, St. Xavier’s College, University of Mumbai, 2007.
  • “Communal Harmony through Curricular Activities”, Sophia Centre for Women’s Studies and Development, July, 2007.
  • “Teaching and Research in History”, paper presented at a Conference Organized by the Bombay History Teacher’s Academy, Mumbai, June 2006.
  • Anatomy of a Debate: The Hindu Code Bill Controversy in the 1940s and 1950s”, Department of History, SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai, 2006
  • “Beyond Domestics: Akbar’s Harem and national Alliances” National workshop on “Reason and Religion in Akbar’s India”, University of Mumbai and Indian Council for Historical Research in Mumbai, September 14-16, 2006.
  • “Gender and Land Rights in India: Looking Back to Think Ahead” , National Seminar on “Women and Land Rights in India”, Centre for Women’s Studies, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh and National Commission on Women, New Delhi in Aligarh, August 20-22,2006.


Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in History, R.J. College, University of Mumbai

Major Contributions:

  • Faculty, Social Sciences
  • Faculty-in-Charge, Diploma Course in Travel and Tourism Management,
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Centre for Studies on Women, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), USA. Area of Research: Family Law Reforms in India and Gender Rights
  • Board Member, Bombay History Teachers’ Academy.
  • Syllabus Committee, M.A., M. Phil and B.A courses in History, University of Mumbai.
  • Resource Person for College and University Teacher’s Orientation Programme 2005- 2008.

Publications and Presented Papers:

  • Article “ American Women’s Movement and Legal Rights: A Historical Look ” in Sanjay Lodha, Arun Chaturvedi and Gursharan Kaur ( eds.), Indo – US Relations and Critical Socio-Political Issues, Mangal Deep Publications, 2006, ISBN 81-7594-1944.
  • ‘Gender and Poverty in India: Need for Employment Oriented Education Strategy’, in A. Mathur and P.S. Raikhy ( eds), Economic Liberalisation and its Implications for Employment, Deep and Deep Publishers, New Delhi, 2003.
  • ‘Feminist Consciousness in India: A Conceptual Analysis’, Conference Volume, Seminar on Research Methodology, LJNJ College, University of Mumbai, March 2003.
  • ‘Emergence of Feminist Consciousness in India and the United States: A Comparative Perspective’, Conference Volume, XXXV Indian Association for American Studies, January, 2003.
  • “Law and the Public Gaze”, SSRC Fellows’ Workshop on “The Long 1950s”, Social Science Research Council (USA) , Negombo, Sri Lanka, 2005.
  • “Some Methodological Aspects of Women’s Studies in India”, Department of History, University of Mumbai, March, 2005.
  • “Recent research Trends in the History of Ancient India”, State level Conference of Akhil Maharashtra Itihas Parishad, KarKhanis Arts and Commerce College, University of Mumbai, January, 2005.
  • “Family Law Reform in India and institution of Gender Rights”, UCLA Centre for the Study of Women, USA,, 2004.
  • “The Quest for Dual Liberation: Feminism and Nationalism in India: 1927-1947”, Workshop on “Women during Freedom Struggle”, Maniben Nanavati Women’s College, Mumbai, 17th July, 2004.
  • ‘A Society in Exile: Memsahibs in India’, UGC Seminar on Migration, University of Mumbai, December, 2003.
  • ‘Art and Architecture’, Paper presented at the Department of history, LJNJ College, University of Mumbai, October 2003.


Director, Center for Mass Media Studies, S.I.E.S College, University of Mumbai, India.

Major Contributions:

  • Taught Courses for the Bachelor of Media Studies of University of Mumbai
  • Participated in Syllabus Committee of the Mass Media Course, University of Mumbai
  • As Director, was in charge of academic administration of the Centre.
  • Resource Person for Postgraduate Courses, Centre for Distance Education, S.N.D.T. University, Mumbai.

Publications and Presented Papers:

  • "Dominant and Suppressed Perception of Gender identities in Nineteenth Century Maharashtra: Reflections from Tarabai Shinde's "Stri Purush Tulana"", UGC sponsored State Level Seminar, SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai, February, 2001.
  • "From Karve Matric to SNDT Women's University: Reform and Resistance in Women's Education in India”, National Seminar, Indian History Association, October, 2000.

1994 -99

Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in History and Foundation Course, Jai Hind College, University of Mumbai.

Major Contributions:

  • Taught several social science subjects as part of the Foundation Course at Undergraduate Level
  • Taught History at Undergradurate Level
  • Adjunct Faculty, Government of India sponsored Coaching Centre for Civil Services Examination, University of Mumbai, 1997-2000.
  • Resource person, Training Programme for Swiss Air, conducted by the University of Mumbai, 1997 & 1998.

Publications and Presented Papers:

  • “Social Construction of the Feminine in Independent India”, National Conference on " Contemporary India: Dynamics of Change ", Department of History, University of Mumbai, October, 1998.
  • “Historical Influences on Indian Culture”, Invited Lecture at Department of Geography, University of Mumbai, 1998.
  • "Women, Law and Society: Twentieth Century India”, Department of History, University of Mumbai, August 1997, in the Lecture Series on " Fifty Years of Indian Independence: History with a Future
  • "Struggle for Justice and Equality: The New Woman of the 1940s and 1990s", Seminar on " Youth and Fight for Justice: Then and Now “, Asiatic Society of Bombay, January, 1997.
  • “Women and Patriarchy: Reflections in the Bombay Press: 1941-1945", Pandit Setu Madhava Rao Pagadi Memorial Lecture, University of Mumbai, October, 1996.


Assistant Lecturer, History, Visva Bharati University, India.

II. Educational Qualifications

2015 Advanced Certificate in Strategic HR Management, Cornell University, USA.

2004 Post-Doctoral Fellow, Centre for Studies on Women, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), USA.

2004 Ph.D. In History, University of Mumbai, India.

2001 Post Graduate Certificate Course in Women's Studies, Research Centre for Women’s Studies, SNDT Women's University, Mumbai, India.

1996 M.Phil. In History, University of Mumbai, Mumbai, India.

1988 Master’s Degree in History, Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan, India.

1986 Graduation in History (Major), Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan, India.



Kontakta katalogansvarig vid den aktuella organisationen (institution eller motsv.) för att rätta ev. felaktigheter.