"The women in Dhar's work seize the trajectory of the road and navigate it on their own terms."
- New York Journal of Books
Author and Educator
Debotri Dhar has lived multiple lives in India, the United States, United Kingdom, and other named and unnamed spaces in-between. A traveler across countries and an author across genres – scholarly and popular, creative nonfiction and fiction - she has published numerous books, articles, essays, and edited volumes. She is passionate about translating complex ideas from theory into practice, to maximize individual, institutional, and societal well-being.
An interdisciplinary scholar, Dr. Dhar teaches Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where she also holds faculty affiliations with the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Center for Finance, Law and Policy, and Center for South Asian Studies. She earned a Bachelors (Honors) in Economics from Delhi University (India), Masters in Women's Studies, with distinction, from the University of Oxford (UK), and Ph.D in Women's and Gender Studies from Rutgers University. (Find her academic profile at https://lsa.umich.edu/wgs/people/core-faculty/debotri.html Also read 'Roots &Wings,' about her journey and work as an educator at https://socialmedia.umich.edu/blog/roots-wings/)
Dr. Dhar has given papers, public talks, and invited presentations at universities such as Yale, Princeton, Harvard, Boston, U-Penn, Michigan, Delhi, Oxford, and elsewhere. She has also lent her expertise to organizations and spoken on gender issues to a wider audience. (Watch a live television interview on ABC: https://www.wxyz.com/news/upfront/whats-next-for-the-women-of-afghanistan?)
Debotri's other interests include Indian classical music, painting, cinema, and the culinary arts. She likes, in no particular order, mountains, middle mists, fall colors, raindrops, riverside walks, the first snow of the season, hummingbirds, and love. (Listen to a radio interview: https://www.wemu.org/term/debotri-dhar#stream/0) She is the founder of the Hummingbird Global Writers' Circle.
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