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Debanuj DasGupta


Ph.D., Ohio State University (2016)

Office: AUST 433
Office phone: 860-486-5952

Curriculum vitae


Research Interests:

The global governance of migration, sexuality and HIV/AIDS


UConn Geography Research Cluster:

Spatial Analysis of Social Issues


GEOG 5810: Sex, Race, and Place

Selected Publications

DasGupta, R.K.  and DasGupta, D. 2017. “Intimate Subjects and Virtual Spaces: Rethinking Sexuality as a Category for Intimate Ethnographies” SEXUALITIES. First published online March, 2017.

Di Feliciantonio, C. Gadelha, B. K & DasGupta, D. 2017. “‘Queer(y)ing’ Methodologies: Doing Fieldwork and Becoming Queer” Gender, Place, and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography (24) 3: 403-412. First published online May 2017.

Nagar, I & DasGupta, D. 2015. “Public Kothi, and Private Love: Section 377, Religion, Perversity, and Lived Desire.” Contemporary South Asia 23 (2): 426-441.

DasGupta, D. & DasGupta. R.K. Queering Digital India: Activisms, Intimacies, and Subjectivities. Forthcoming, April, 2018. The University of Edinburgh Press.

Dr. DasGupta is currently working on three inter-related projects.

  1. The first project documents the geopolitics of immigration detention and the human rights abuses faced by transgender detainees within multiple US immigration detention facilities.
  2. The second project traces the shifting trends in the securitization of HIV.  Dr. DasGupta published articles about the US HIV ban on immigration, and is currently developing a new project about the inclusion of service members living with HIV within the US Army.
  3. The third project interrogates the economic and political shifts within present day India and their relationship with sexuality rights politics in post-socialist states such as West-Bengal.

His work has been published in journals such as Disability Studies Quarterly, Contemporary South Asia, SEXUALITIES, and the Scholar and the Feminist (S&F online). Prior to returning to school for his PhD, Debanuj worked for over sixteen years within several international development, HIV/AIDS, LGBT rights and immigrant rights organizations in India and the US. He is the recipient of the Ford Foundation funded “New Voices Fellowship,” American Association of Geographers national award in Disability Studies, and the International AIDS Society Emerging Activist Award.