Asha Nadkarni: Seminar on Eugenic Feminism

The Asian and Asian American Studies Institute (AAASI) will be hosting a seminar with Professor Asha Nadkarni on January 30, 2017 at 4 PM in the Stern Lounge. This seminar is based on Professor Nadkarni’s Eugenic Feminism: Reproductive Nationalism in the United States and India (University of Minnesota Press). Eugenic Feminism considers the vexed relationship between reproduction, citizenship, and nationalism via the exclusionary impulse of eugenics in the first half of the twentieth century. This seminar will involve a pre-circulated chapter. Those interested in participating should contact Cathy Schlund-Vials ( by January 18, 2017. This seminar is co-sponsored by the UConn Department of English.


Professor Nadkarni received her B.A. in gender and women’s studies from Connecticut College and her M.A./Ph.D. from Brown University. Her research and teaching interests include postcolonial literature and theory, transnational feminist theory, U.S. empire studies, and Asian American studies, with an emphasis on the literatures and cultures of the South Asian diaspora.  She is presently at work on a second project, tentatively titled From Opium to Outsourcing; this work is concentrated on representations of South Asian labor in a global, neoliberal imaginary.