Gayatri Reddy

    Email Address: gayatri@uic.edu
    College: Liberal Arts and Sciences Department: Gender and Women's Studies
    Secondary Department: Anthropology
    Title: Associate Professor
    Office: 1226 UH M/C 360 Phone: 4135658
    Webpage: http://asst.uic.edu/asst/directory/gayatri-reddy
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    Gender and sexuality, transgender studies, India, South Asian diaspora, race, blackness, and masculinity in India, slavery in India, social justice movements in India and the U.S.

    My earlier project explored processes of subject and community-formation among the so-called transgendered community, the hijras, of India. I am still exploring some threads of this research, including the most recent (legislative and legal) rulings in India that have provided this community with a range of different rights in recent years, even as it has taken away other rights.

    The primary project I am currently engaged in, tentatively titled Tracing Routes, explores the intersections of race, masculinity, caste, and religion in India. This is a historical and anthropological research project exploring the Siddi or "African" and Hadrami or "Arab" diaspora in Hyderabad, India. Specifically, it focuses on migrant histories from the 16-20th centuries, including the migrant histories of "slaves" brought from Africa and the Arabian peninsulas to work as soldiers in the Hyderabadi Army. Through these migrant journeys and the lives of the descendants of the soldiers still living in Hyderabad, this project explores the ways that race, gender, caste, religion, and sexuality intersect in complicated ways to shape belonging.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week:

    Qualifications of a Student:
    Ideally, a student with some experience in doing humanities/social science library research.

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