Dr. Jayati Lal

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Jayati Lal is a Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Wake Forest University. Her scholarly interests include transnational feminism, postcolonial studies, neoliberalism and capitalism in the Global South, and feminist labor studies. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Cornell University, Master’s degrees in Sociology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, and a BA (Honors) in Psychology from Indraprastha College at Delhi University. She has previously taught in gender studies and sociology at Cornell University, Boston College, New York University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, American University, Syracuse University, Ambedkar University Delhi, and Seoul National University. She was an Andrew Mellon postdoctoral fellow at John’s Hopkins University and has been a fellow at the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute for Advanced Study in Delhi. Her research has been published in Signs: The Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Feminist Studies, Critical Sociology, and The Sociological Review, among other venues. She was a co-director and co-principal investigator for the feminist digital archival project on Global Feminisms at the University of Michigan, which produced an audiovisual record of interviews with feminists, women’s studies scholars and movement activists from Poland, USA, China, and India (https://globalfeminisms.umich.edu/about).

Her current book project, Making Factory Women: The Labor of Gender in Late Twentieth-Century Indian Capitalism, develops a postcolonial materialist feminist approach that integrates historical, archival, and long-term ethnographic research on women factory workers in New Delhi. Other ongoing research projects focus on gender, consumer culture and constructions of neoliberal selfhood among the middle class in North India.


  • Ph.D., Cornell University, Sociology and Women’s Studies
  • M.A., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Sociology
  • M.S., Jawaharlal Nehru Univeristy, Delhi, Sociology
  • B.A., (Honors) Indraprastha College for Women, Delhi University, Delhi, Psychology

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Undergraduate Courses

  • Perspectives in Gender and Sexuality
  • Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Social Theory
  • Feminist Theories
  • Feminism, Capitalism, and Neoliberalism
  • Transnational Perspectives on Gender
  • Gender and Global Capitalism
  • Gender, Consumer Culture & Citizenship in Postcolonial India
  • Gender and Globalization
  • Gendered Labor, Labored Gender
  • Population, Ecology and Development: Critical and Feminist Perspectives
  • Sociology of Gender
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Power, Privilege and Inequality
  • U.S. Society
  • Social Inequality: Race, Class, and Gender in the Contemporary World

Ph.D. and M.A. Courses

  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Approaches to Feminist Scholarship in the Social Sciences
  • Feminist Research Methods
  • Gender, Culture and Development: Issues for Global Feminism
  • Global Feminisms
  • Gender and Labor: Ethnographies of Work in the Global Economy
  • Women and Work
  • Culture, Hierarchy and Difference
  • Qualitative Sociology Research Practicum
  • Currents & Controversies in Contemporary South Asian Scholarship
  • Postcolonial, decolonial, and transnational feminist theory and practices
  • Critical social theory, epistemic injustice, and the Global South
  • Transnational and global feminisms
  • Gender and capitalism, especially in the Global South
  • Materialist feminism and social reproduction
  • Cultural political economy and neoliberalism
  • Feminist and qualitative ethnography
  • South Asian studies, with an ethnographic focus on North India and Delhi
  • “(Un)becoming Women: Indian Factory Women’s Counternarratives of Gender,” Sociological Review, Special Issue on ‘The Politics of Imagination’, 59:3 (August 2011): 553-578.
  • “Expanding the Archives of Global Feminisms: Narratives of Feminism and Activism.” (with Abigail Stewart and Kristin McGuire), Signs, 36, no. 4 (Summer 2011): 889-914.
  • “Recasting Global Feminisms: Towards a Comparative Historical Approach to Women’s Movement Activism and Feminist Scholarship,” (with Kristin McGuire, Abigail Stewart, Magdalena Zaborowska, and Justine Pas), Feminist Studies, 36, no. 1 (Spring 2010): 13-39.
  • “On the Domestication of American Public Sociology: A Postcolonial Feminist Critique,” Critical Sociology 32, no. 2 (2008): 169-191.
  • “Sweatshops,” pp.107-110 in Encyclopedia of Race and Racism, 3 vol., edited by John H. Moore, Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2008.
  • “Situating Location(s): The Politics of Self, Identity and “Other” in Living and Writing the Text,” in Feminist Approaches to Theory and Methodology: An Interdisciplinary Reader, edited by Sharlene Hesse-Biber, Christine Gilmartin and Robin Lydenberg, 100-37. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.
    • Revised and expanded version of “Situating Location(s): The Politics of Self, Identity and “Other” In Living and Writing the Text.” In Feminist Dilemmas in Fieldwork, edited by Diane Wolf, 185-214. Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 1996.