Gayatri Reddy

Associate Professor

 

Education

2000 - PhD, Anthropology, Emory University
2001 - MPH, School of Public Health, Emory University
1992 - MA, Anthropology, Columbia University
1990 - BA, Psychology, University of Delhi

Region

India

Topics of Interest

Medical anthropology, Gender, Ethnicity

Personal Statement

Dr. Reddy’s research and teaching interests lie at the intersections of sexuality, gender, health, and the politics of subject and community-formation in India, as well as within the immigrant South Asian queer community in the U.S. Broadly, her work interrogates the contours of cultural belonging through the paradoxical dialectic of “alienation and intimacy.” She is the author of With Respect to Sex: Negotiating Hijra Identity in South India (University of Chicago Press, 2005), an ethnography that problematizes representations of hijras as the so-called ‘third sex’ of India and challenges the sufficiency of sexuality and gender performativity as adequate glosses on hijra identification. Her research locates such figures of sexual difference, and the domain of sexuality more generally, within a broader field of social difference, exploring the intersections of gender and sexuality with religion, race, ethnicity, and class in South Asia and its diaspora. 

More recently, she has begun a research project exploring the Siddi or “African” diaspora in India. The research focuses on so-called slave migratory histories – both “eunuch” slaves and slave soldiers - that often pre-date the modern period. Tracing these historical routes and geopolitical mappings through the twin poles of eunuch asexuality and hyper-virile masculine soldiery, this project explores the complex ways in which race, sexuality, and masculinity are constructed through local contours of difference, such as religious and caste difference, to shape belonging. Dr. Reddy teaches courses on Transnational Feminisms, South Asia, South Asian Diasporas, Gender, Race, and Health, Anthropology of the Body, and Queer Anthropology.

Selected Publications

Books:

2006    With Respect to Sex: Negotiating Hijra Identity in South India.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, (Re-published in India with Yoda Press, 2007)

2010    Histories of Intimacy and Situated Ethnography, (co-edited with Karen Leonard and Ann Gold). New Delhi: Manohar Press

Articles:
2010    “Hijras, AIDS Cosmopolitanism’ and Questions of Izzat in Hyderabad.”  Routledge International Handbook of Sexuality, Health and Rights, edited by Peter Aggleton and Richard Parker, Routledge (New York), 2010.

2010    “Crossing Lines of Difference: Transnational Movements and Sexual Subjectivities in India.” Everyday Life in South Asia, 2nd edition, edited by Diane Mines and Sarah Lamb, Indiana University Press (Bloomington), 2010.

2007    “Sexual Difference and its Discontents: Shifting Contexts of ‘Thirdness’ in Hyderabad, India.” The Phobic and the Erotic: the Politics of Contemporary Sexualities in India, edited by Brinda Bose and Shubabrata Bhattacharya, Berg Publications (London)/Oxford University Press (India), 2007.

“Geographies of Contagion: Hijras, Kotis, and the Politics of Sexual Marginality in India” Special issue of Anthropology and Medicine titled ‘The Ills of Marginality,’ edited by William Sax and Stefan Ecks, December 2005.

2003‘   ’Men’ Who Would Be Kings: Celibacy, Emasculation and the Re-Production of Hijras in Contemporary Indian Politics,’ Social Research, vol. 70 (1), Spring 2003.

Selected Honors and Awards

2012    LAS Deans Research Award for the Humanities
2012    Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy Faculty Fellowship
2011    LASURI Undergraduate Research and Mentor Award
2006    Institute for the Humanities Faculty Fellowship
2004    CLAGS Joan Heller-Diane Bernard Fellowship
2002    SSRC Sexuality Research Postdoctoral Fellowship

Professional Affiliations and Activities

Member, Faculty Board, University of Illinois Press
Member Executive Board, American Institute for Indian Studies
Member, Executive Board, Institute for the Humanities, UIC
Member, Chancellor's Committee on the Status of LGBTQPA

 
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Contact Information

Office: 1226 UH, MC 360
Phone: 312-413-5658
Fax: 312-996-5799
Email: gayatri@uic.edu