Prof Richa Nagar

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Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Geography, University of Minnnesota, Twin Cities, USA, 1995.
  • M.A.: Geography, University of Poona, Pune, India, 1989.
  • B.A.: English Literature, Geography, and Anthropology, Lucknow University, Lucknow, India, 1986.


  • politics of development
  • feminisms, praxis, and people's movements
  • Intersectionality, translations, and people's theater
  • Blending/ interrupting genres and languages in antidisciplinary research
Courses Taught
  • CLA 1904 - Stories, Bodies, Border-crossings (Freshman Seminar offered as part of the Humanistic Commons)
  • GWSS 1904 - Stories and Struggles: Narratives and Social Change
  • GWSS 3003 - Gender and Global Politics
  • GLOS 3900 & 5993 - Stories, Bodies, Movements
  • GWSS 4103 & 5104 - Transnational Feminist Theories
  • WoSt 4107 - Research Methods
  • GWSS 8109 - Feminist Knowledge Production
  • GWSS 8190 - Feminisms and Praxis
  • GWSS 8240 & GEOG 8980 - Caste, Race, and Indigeneity
  • WoSt 8401 & Geog 8980 - Gender, Space and Resistance
  • DSSC 8010 - Doctoral Research Workshop (for ICGC scholars)
  • DSSC 8111: Ways of Knowing: A Collective Journey for Social, Ecological, and Epistemic Justice
  • WoSt 5400 - Feminist Approaches to Ethnography
  • WoSt 3406 - Gender, Labor and Politics
Research & Professional Activities


  • For more details, see Richa Nagar's Website:


  • Theater Across Borders: This community project, chiefly in Hindi/ Urdu, explores the intersections among place, praxis and people's theatre and is shaped since 1986 by the efforts of many individuals and groups working in India and USA. See more at, 1986 - present
  • Kavita ke Bahaane: नयीपुरानीकवितायेँऔरकुलबुलाहटें, ज़बानोंऔरक़लमकेक़ायदोंऔरक़ैदोंसेजूझतेहुएऔरउनकीसरहदोंकेआर-पार / Beyond the rules and prisons of tongues and pens... See more at, 1986 - present
  • Creative Writing in English, Hindi, and Awadhi: Writing that blends languages and genres to speak with diverse audiences across multiple borders. See more at, 1999 - present
  • Hungry Translations: Relearning the World with Radical Vulnerability. Nagar, Richa, Champaign: University of Illinois Press, Author, 2019.
  • Muddying the Waters: Coauthoring Feminisms Through Schlolarship and Activism. Nagar, Richa, University of Illinois Press, Author, 2014. Link
  • Playing with Fire: Feminist Thought and Activism Through Seven Lives in India. Nagar, Richa, Sangtin Writers, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press and New Delhi: Zubaan., Co-Author, 2006. Link
  • Critical Transntional Feminist Praxis. Nagar, Richa, Amanda Swarr, SUNY Press, Co-Editor, 2010. Link
  • A World of Difference. Nagar, Richa, Eric Sheppard, Philip Porter, David Faust, Guilford Press, Co-Author, 2009. Link
  • [in Hindi] Ek Aur Neemsaar: Sangtin Atmamanthan aur Andolan [On the making of Sangtin Kisaan Mazdoor Sangathan]. Nagar, Richa, Richa Singh, New Delhi: Rajkamal Prakashan, Co-Author, 2012. Link
  • [in Hindi] Sangtin Yatra: Saat Zindagiyon Mein Lipta Nari Vimarsh [A Journey of Sangtin: Feminist Thought Wrapped in Seven Lives]. Nagar, Richa, Anupamlata, Ramsheela, Reshma Ansari, Vibha Bajpayee, Shashibala, Shashi Vaish, Surbala, Richa Singh, Sitapur: Sangtin, Co-Author, 2004. Image
  • Immobility, Intimacy, Movement: Translating Death, Life and Bordercrossings. Nagar, Richa, In eds. Naeem Inayatullah and Elizabeth Dauphinee, London and New York Routledge, Author, 2016. Link
  • Retelling Stories, Resisting Dichotomies: Staging Identity, Marginalization and Activism in Minneapolis and Sitapur: Nagar, Richa, Sofia Shank, In eds. Linda Peake and Martina Reiker, Rethinking Feminist Interventions into the Urban, 90-107, 2013. Link
  • Storytelling and Co-authorship in Feminist Alliance Work: Reflections from a Journey: Nagar, Richa, Gender, Place, and Culture, 20: 1. Also in DOI:10.1080/0966369X.2012.731383 1-18, 2013.
  • Organizing from the Margins: Grappling with "empowerment" in India and South Africa. Nagar, Richa, Amanda Swarr, In eds. Lise Nelson and Joni Seagar, A Companion to Feminist Geography, Co-Author, 2004.
  • Dismantling Assumptions: Interrogating "lesbian" struggles for identity and survival in India and South Africa. Nagar, Richa, Amanda Swarr, SIGNS: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 29:2:491-516, Co-Author, 2004.
  • Locating Globalization: Feminist (re)readings of the subjects and spaces of globalization. Nagar, Richa, Victoria Lawson, Linda McDowell and Susan Hanson, Economic Geography 78:3:257-284, Co-Author, 2002.
  • English Medium Education, Social Fracturing, and the Politics of Development in Postcolonial India. Nagar, Richa, David Faust, Economic and Political Weekly July 28-August 3:2878-2883, Co-Author, 2001.
  • Women’s Theater and the Redefinitions of Public, Private and Politics in North India: Nagar, Richa, ACME An International E-Journal for Critical Geographers , 1:1: 55-72, 2002.
  • Mujhe Jawab Do [Answer Me]: Feminist grassroots activism and social spaces in Chitrakoot (India). Nagar, Richa, Gender, Place, and Culture 7:4:341-362, Author, 2000.
  • Religion, Race and the Debate over Mut'a in Dar es Salaam. Nagar, Richa, Feminist Studies 26:3:661-690, Author, 2000.
  • "I'd Rather be Rude than Ruled": Gender, Place, and Communal Politics among South Asian Communities in Dar es Salaam. : Nagar, Richa, Women's Studies International Forum, 23:5: 571-585.
  • Communal Discourses, Marriage, and the Politics of Gendered Social Boundaries among South Asian Immigrants in Tanzania. Nagar, Richa, Gender, Place and Culture 5:2:117-139., Author, 1998.
  • Contesting Social Relations in Communal Places: Identity Politics Among Asians in Dar es Salaam. : Nagar, Richa, Helga Leitner. In eds, Ruth Fincher and Jane Jacobs, Guilford Press, Cities of Difference, 226-251, 1998.
  • The Making of Hindu Communal Organizations, Places and Identities in Postcolonial Dar es Salaam: Nagar, Richa, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space , 15 707-730, 1997.
  • Communal Places and the Politics of Multiple Identities: The case of Tanzanian Asians. : Nagar, Richa, Ecumene (now 'Cultural Geographies'), 4:1: 3-26, 1997.
  • The South Asian Diaspora in Tanzania: A History Retold. Nagar, Richa, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East: A Journal of Politics, Culture and Economy 16:2:62-80, Author, 1996.
  • Resident Fellow, UMN Institute for Advanced Study, 2020
  • American Association of Geographers James Blaut Award for Socialist and Critical Geography, 2019
  • Washington University in Saint Louis, Distinguished Visiting Professor, 2019
  • University of Minnesota Grand Challenges Research Scholar Collaborative, 2018 - 2019
  • University of Minnesota Grand Challenges Global Research Scholar Award, 2018 - 2019
  • Honored by Hindi Sabha, Sitapur, for unique contributions to Hindi literature, critical pedagogy, & women's empowerment, 2016
  • Rama Watumull Lecturer, Center for South Asian Studies, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, 2016
  • Professor of the College, Since 2015
  • Russell M. and Elizabeth M. Bennett Chair in Excellence, 2015 - 2020
  • Beverly and Richard Fink Professor in Liberal Arts, 2015 - 2021
  • Annual Feminist Faculty Scholar, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI, September 2014
  • Mellon Visiting Professor, Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, August - October 2013
  • Peg Zeglin Brand Distinguished Lecturer, Department of Gender Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, 2013
  • Playing with Fire selected for President’s annual book event at the Sabanci University, Istanbul, 2012 - 2013
  • Jan Monk Gender, Place, and Culture Lecturer, Annual Meetings of the Association of American Geographers, New York, 2012
  • Resident Fellow, Jawaharlal Nehru Institute for Advanced Study (JNIAS), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 2011 - 2012
  • UMN Scholar of the College Award, 2008 - 2011
  • Clark University, Wallace W. Atwood Lecturer, Department of Geography, 2007
  • Resident Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences (CASBS), Stanford, 2005 - 2006
  • UMN Grant-in-aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship, 2003 - 2004
  • McKnight Presidential Fellow, University of Minnesota, 2001 - 2004
  • McKnight Land Grant Professorship, University of Minnesota, 2000 - 2002
  • National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Grant, 1992 - 1993
  • MacArthur Fellow, University of Minnesota, 1989 - 1995