Shweta M. Adur, Ph. D

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Shweta M. Adur, Ph. D

Assistant Professor


2013, Ph.D in Sociology, University of Connecticut

2005, M.A International Development, University of Pittsburgh

2003, M.A Sociology, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

2001, B.A. Sociology (Honors), Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi. India

Research Areas

Dr. Adur joins as an Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies after serving as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut and lecturer at Tufts University.

Her research focuses on the intersectional study of gender, sexuality, race-ethnicity, immigration and human rights. Her dissertation titled “Negotiating Sexuality and Ethnicity: Queer South Asians in the U.S.” focuses on LGBT South Asians and examines the intersections of racial-ethnicity, class, and sexuality as individuals negotiate multiple identities (for example, Queer, South Asian) in settings where one or more of those identities (e.g., racial-ethnicity, sexuality, and class) are marginalized.

She has several peer-reviewed works and has also collaborated on a book titled  “As the Leaves Turn Gold”. The book engages with questions of cumulative disadvantage and transnational-substantive citizenships and its implication on social justice claims. She has completed grant-funded research on human rights issues focusing especially on violence against women. In the past, she has consulted with start-ups and interned with organizations focused on social justice issues, particularly those that focus on preventing violence against women such as the UN Women South Asia, Management Systems International in Washington DC etc.

She believes that the classroom is a shared learning space and to be able to teach, one has to be open to learn and innovate. To this end, her students continue to inform and inspire her. Given her background in International Development, she is committed to bringing a cross-cultural and global lens to all her classrooms. 

Scholarly Work

Selected Publications:


Purkayastha, Bandana,Shweta Majumdar Adur, Miho Iwata, Ranita Ray, Trisha Tiamzon, 2012. As the Leaves Turn Gold: Asian Americans and Experiences of Aging. Rowman and Littlefield. (equal authors) 


Adur, Shweta Majumdar and Bandana Purkayastha. 2013.“On the Edges of Belonging – Indian American Dalits, Queers and Guestworkers” Journal of Intercultural Studies. 34(4)418-430

Adur. Shweta Majumdar. 2011. “Researching Rights in Transnational Contexts” Smith, Lise-Helene and Anjana Narayan (Eds) Contextualized Research in a Global Arena. Lexington Books.

Majumdar, Shweta. 2011. “Do Human Rights Endure Across Nation-State Boundaries? Analyzing the Experiences of Guest Workers” in Davita Glasberg, Bandana Purkayastha and William Armaline (eds.) In Our Backyard: Human Rights in the US. University of Pennsylvania Press.

Purkayastha, Bandana and Shweta Majumdar. 2009. Sex Trafficking in South Asia. In Globalization and Third World Women, edited by Ligaya McGovern and Isidor Welman. London: Ashgate.