Anthropology, Sociology & Criminology


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The Department of Anthropology, Sociology & Criminology offers majors in Anthropology, Criminology, Sociology, and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, and offers minors in Anthropology, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer Studies, Sociology, and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies. Unifying themes in our program include inequality, identity, power, social change and development, and global multiculturalism. The department's programs are intellectually exciting and socially relevant. Students in these programs are provided civic engagement and service learning opportunities.

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Meet Our New Faculty:

Dr. Devaleena Das দেবলীনা  দাস / देवलीना दास 

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Dr. Devaleena Das has an interdisciplinary background in feminist literature, transnational gender and sexuality studies and Australian Indigenous Studies. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Calcutta (postcolonial and corporeal space in 20th century Australian Women’s Writing) and completed her postdoctoral research at the Institute for Research in the Humanities at University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison). Before joining UMD, she taught transnational feminist studies at Northern Arizona University. Her first book, A Critical Study of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, looks at female sexual desire and examines how western ideas of civility are rooted in gender politics. Her second book on Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, an edited anthology, analyzes African-American body politics in the light of Alice Walker’s womanist ethics. In her co-edited anthology Unveiling Desire (Rutgers University Press, Jan 2018), she examines representations of “transgressive” female sexuality stretching from Iran to far east Japan.

Currently she is working on her forthcoming monograph entitled Stripping the Anatomical Parts: A Transnational Approach to Fragmented, Distorted, Incomplete and Rejected Bodies that explores dialectic of resistance by fragmented, distorted, disabled, incomplete, and rejected subaltern female and queer body parts in contemporary autobiographies, visual art and dance. This book also aims to undo the provincialism and privilege of mainstream feminists’ Eurocentric fallacy in theorizing corporeality and to unmake the asymmetric construction of corporeal theory in western feminist and queer studies.