University at Albany

Women's Studies Faculty - Rajani BhatiaRajani Bhatia

Contact Information
Office: HU 355E
Telephone: 518-442-3181

Rajani Bhatia is Assistant Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Director of the Honor’s Program. She joined the core faculty after serving as visiting assistant professor in the women’s and gender studies program at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and receiving her Ph.D. from the Department of Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland. Bhatia’s 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. 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.

Bhatia is author of Gender before Birth: Sex Selection in a Transnational Context (University of Washington Press, 2018) and a contributing author of Selective Reproductive Technologies in the 21st Century (Palgrave, 2017). She teaches diverse courses on health, the environment, and feminist science and technology studies.


  • 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
  • Feminist Science, Technology, and Biomedicine Studies
  • Environmental Justice: Racism, Classism, Sexism
  • Internship in Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies


  • Women, Biology and Health
  • Sex/uality, Race, and Class in Science and Health
  • Environmental Justice: Racism, Classism, Sexism
  • Feminist Social and Political Thought
  • Internship in Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies
  • Feminism in Action



“Cross-Border Sex Selection: Ethical Challenges Posed by a Globalizing Practice.” International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 7 (2) (Fall 2014).

"Raising the Age of Marriage in 1970s India: Demographers, Despots, and Feminists," Women's Studies International Forum 44 (2014).

"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 best articles submitted by a graduate student."