University at Albany

Women's Studies Faculty - Rajani BhatiaRajani Bhatia

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Office: HU 355E

Rajani Bhatia, Assistant Professor, joined  the department after serving as visiting assistant professor in the women’s and gender studies program at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.  She completed her Ph.D. dissertation, “Lifestyle Sex Selection: Reproduction, Transnational Flows, and Inequality” from the Department of Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland in the spring of 2012.  Her research interests lie in developing new approaches to feminist theorizations of reproduction and feminist science and technology studies.  Topically, she has focused on issues that lie at the intersection of reproductive technologies, health, bioethics and biomedicine.  She is also contributing to a multi-year, research project sponsored by the University of Toronto on the shifting meanings of girlhood in India.  Through engagement as a scholar-activist within international and national women's health and reproductive justice movements, Dr. Bhatia contributed to feminist analysis of global population control, right-wing environmentalism, coercive practices and unethical testing related to contraceptive and sterilization technologies both inside and outside the U.S.  Her article, “Constructing Gender from the Inside Out:  Sex Selection Practices in the United States,” in Feminist Studies summer 2010 (vol. 36, no. 2) reflects on transnational dynamics of sex selection practices.


  • Ph.D., University of Maryland (2012)
  • M.A., University of Maryland (2008)
  • Diplom, University of Bremen (1996)
  • B.A., University of Maryland (1991)


  • Feminist Theory
  • Sexuality, Race, and Class in Science and Health


  • Women, Biology and Health
  • Sexuality, Race, and Class in Science and Health



"Raising the Age of Marriage in 1970s India: Demographers, Despots, and Feminists," in Women's Studies International Forum (forthcoming).

"Constructing Gender--From the Inside Out: A Reading of Sex Selection Practices in the U.S." in Feminist Studies 36 (Summer 2010). Received the Feminist Studies Award honoring one of two best articles submitted by a graduate student.

"Green or Brown? White Nativist Environmental Movements," in Ferber, Abby L., ed., Home-Grown Hate: Gender and White Supremacy (Routledge, 2004).