Paola Bacchetta is faculty in the Department of Gender and Women's Studies at U C Berkeley. Her Ph.D. in sociology is from The Sorbonne, Paris. Her areas of research are: social theory; transnational feminist and queer of color theories; theories of the inseparability of gender, sexuality, "race"-racialization-racism, ethnicity, class, nation, and religion; postcolonial theory; theories of spatialities; global political and religious conflict (specialization: Hindu nationalism and its racializations of Muslims and Islam); theories of alliances, resistance and transgression; right-wing movements; geographic areas of specialization outside the U.S.: India and France. Her publications include: La construction des identités dans les discours nationalistes hindou :le Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh et la Rashtra Sevika Samiti, 1939-1992 (2 vols. Micro-fiche. Lille, France: A.N.R.T, Université de Lille III, 1996); Gender in the Hindu Nation: RSS Women as Ideologists (New Delhi: Women Unlimited, 2003); a co-edited anthology with Latin Americanist historian Margaret Power entitled Right-Wing Women: From Conservatives to Extremists around the World (New York: Routledge, 2002); and many journal articles and book chapters published in the U.S., France, India, Italy, Brazil, Canada, Britain, Belgium, Australia.
Why You Joined the Lab:
to participate in intellectual collaboration. (But also, I am faculty advisor to one of the groups: Muslim Identities and Cultures.)