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About Sharmila Lodhia

Sharmila Lodhia is an Associate Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Santa Clara University.  She earned her J.D. from Hastings College of Law in San Francisco and her Ph.D. in Women's Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.  Her research examines legal responses to violence against Indian women through a transnational lens, highlighting the impact of migrating spouses, traveling cultures and shifting bodies of law in the diaspora.  Her work has been published in Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism, WSQ, Violence Against Women and theColumbia Journal of Gender and Law.  She was a co-editor of a book entitled, New Directions in Feminism and Human Rights published by Routledge in 2011.  Her current research examines the contradictions and complexities of global advocacy for women and specifically why certain dominant frameworks of intervention can hinder rather than advance women's rights.


September 2010 - Present Associate Professor, Santa Clara University Department of Women's and Gender Studies
September 2007 - June 2010 Inclusive Excellence Postdoctoral Fellow in Transnational Feminist Politics— Women’s and Gender Studies and Political Science, Santa Clara University

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  • WGST 11A/12A Women in Transnational Perspective
  • WGST 50 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
  • WGST 101 Feminist Theory
  • WGST 104 Beauty, Culture and Society in Global Age
  • WGST 127 Women and Law


December 2007 Ph.D. in Women's Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
May 1997 J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law
June 1994 B.S. in Political Science, Santa Clara University

Contact Information

Women’s and Gender Studies Program
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053-0630
Phone: (408)554-5568


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