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Vidya Kalaramadam

Professor • Community and Social Justice Studies

Dr. Vidya Kalaramadam is an Associate Professor of Women's and Gender Studies in the Department of Community and Social Justice Studies. Her research work has been at the intersection of gender, state and politics, globalization and feminist pedagogy and theory. Her book Gender, Governance and Empowerment in India, London: Routledge, explored the impact of the Indian state’s decentralization program on women’s political participation and local governance and was published in 2016. In addition to these key areas of research, Prof. Kalaramadam is actively engaged in pedagogical and feminist issues within the university to develop and present opportunities for student learning. She has received two Fulbright-Hays grants to lead NJ school teachers to India.

Languages (other than English)

Malayalam  Kannada  Hindi 


PhD Women's and Gender Studies, University of Iowa Iowa City, IA

MA Women's Studies, Georgia State University Atlanta, GA

MS Mass Communications, Bangalore University Bangalore, India

BA Journalism, English and Women's Studies, Bangalore University Bangalore, India


Gender, State & Politics; Political Participation; Feminist Theory; Globalization; South Asia

Representative Publications

Gender, Governance and Empowerment in India; London; Routledge; 2016

Presence into Participation and Representation; , Journal of South Asian Development ; Volume 13, 2018

Dis/Empowering Political Subjects: The Production of 'Failed' Elected Women Representatives in India; Women's Studies International Forum; Volume 35, 2012

Representative Presentations

Working through / across Difference: Structural Complicity and Global Solidarity
3 rd World Conference on Women’s Studies 2017 World Women's Studies Conference
, 2017

Imagining Social Justice in a Neoliberal Classroom
National Women's Studies Association NWSA
Atlanta, GA 2018

Women's Rights Are Human Rights (
Exhibition, University Galleries William Paterson University of New Jersey
Wayne, NJ 2018

Gender, Governance and Empowerment in India
Spring 2017 HSS Faculty Research Forum HSS
, 2017

Aftermath of Sexual Violence
Campus Teach-in On Sexual Violence WPU Event- academic departments, Women's Center, Office of Employment Equity and Diversity, Office of Student Conduct, University Police, etc.
Wayne, NJ 2016

Fellowships, Grants and Research

Fulbright-Hays Grant: Integrating South Asia and Diversity in New Jersey Classrooms: The Roots and Routes of Ethnic Communities

The US-NJ-India Project at William Paterson University: Exploring Possibilities and Challenges of Multiculturalism and Globalization

Notable Courses Taught

Gendered Lives and Societies (WGS 1800)
Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies (WGS 2100)
Race, Gender and Social Justice (WGS 2250)
Contemporary Feminist Issues (WGS 3100)
Activism and Social Change (WGS 3330)
Gender and Globalization (WGS 3600)
Gender and Islam (WGS 3590/ASN 3590)
Civilizations of South Asia (ASN 2800)
Ecofeminism (WGS 3480)
Feminist Methodologies (WGS 3010)

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