Leela Fernandes is a Professor of Women’s Studies and Political Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Fernandes specializes in comparative politics, international feminism, and South Asian studies, and previously taught at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, and Oberlin College. She is the author of three books: India’s New Middle Class: Democratic Politics in an Era of Economic Reform (University of Minnesota Press, 2006), Producing Workers: The Politics of Gender, Class, and Culture in the Calcutta Jute Mills (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1997), and Transforming Feminist Practice (Aunt Lute Books, 2003). She is also the author of numerous articles and essays on women and labor, class politics, cultural representation, nationalism, and globalization. Originally from India, she has lived in the U.S. for the past 20 years.
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