"The women in Dhar's work seize the trajectory of the road and navigate it on their own terms."
- New York Journal of Books
Debotri Dhar is an award-winning author-educator, academic, editor, consultant, and founder, Hummingbird Global Writers' Circle and Hummingbird Global Leaders Forum. Dr. Dhar is a leading voice in women's studies and global studies, with a focus on South Asia and the Indo-Pacific.
Specific areas include education; policies (educational, health, financial, socio-legal) to tackle violence against women; international relations and foreign policy; gender, race, representation; and literature, culture and well-being.
Debotri has lived in India, USA, and UK. A traveler across countries, a scholar across disciplines, and a writer across genres – academic and popular, creative nonfiction and fiction - she has written books, essays, policy papers, newspaper columns, stories, and edited volumes. A public speaker, Dr. Dhar has lectured or presented at Yale, Princeton, Harvard, Boston, U-Penn, Michigan, Delhi, and Oxford, non-university settings such as the British Council, New Jersey Council for the Humanities, and venues accessible to a wider audience. She has served as a panelist / reviewer for the National Endowment for the Humanities and Indian Institute for Advanced Study fellowships, National Women's Studies Conference papers,, and for publishers and journals across the humanities and social sciences, a judge for the Barbara Deming Fund for women writers, New York, and the Best Asian writing series, Singapore.
Dr Dhar earned a BA (Honors) in Economics from Delhi University (India), Masters in Women's Studies, with distinction, from Oxford University (UK), Ph.D in Women's and Gender Studies from Rutgers, and was a visiting researcher at Boston University. For some years she lectured at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, holding affiliations with the Ford School of Public Policy's Center for Finance, Law and Policy, Center for the Education of Women, International Institute, and Institute for Research on Women and Gender. She served as faculty advisor for a university policy research project on gender-based violence, through a public diplomacy initiative of the US Department of State's Office of Global Partnerships shaped by the Gender Policy Council in the White House, and collaborated across the Schools of Public Policy, Public Health, Education, Law, Medicine, Literature, Arts and Sciences, and Ross School of Business.
Dr. Dhar has appeared on radio, television, podcasts, and writes for newspapers and magazines (such as her blog 'She Thinks' for the Times of India; her global affairs column 'Animal Instincts' for The Asian Age and Deccan Chronicle; on South Asian literature and on founding her traveling writers circle in Open Magazine and the Hindustan Times.) When she is not giving a television interview on the impact of the Taliban on women's rights in Afghanistan, or recording a podcast on gender violence, or appearing on a lighter NPR-affiliated radio show to speak on the politics and ethics of love, Debotri's hobbies include Indian classical music, painting, cinema, and the culinary arts. She loves mountains and middle mists, raindrops and riverside walks, the first snow of the season, food, friendship - and the resilience of hummingbirds.
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