"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. Educator. Editor.
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 a writer across genres - scholarly, creative nonfiction, fiction - she has authored novels, short stories, newspaper columns, essays, journal articles, and edited academic volumes. A recipient of prizes in the US, Debotri was shortlisted for a Young Writers’ Award in India for her most recent novel.
Dr. Dhar teaches Women's Studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where she also holds faculty affiliations with the Institute for Research on Women and Gender and Center for South Asian Studies. She earned a Masters in Women's Studies, with distinction, from the University of Oxford (UK) and a Ph.D in Women's and Gender Studies from Rutgers University. (Read 'Roots &Wings,' about her journey, her work as an educator, and reflections on self-care at https://socialmedia.umich.edu/blog/roots-wings/ ) She has given papers, public talks, and invited presentations at universities such as Yale, Princeton, Harvard, Boston, U-Penn, Michigan, Delhi, Oxford and elsewhere, while also speaking in non-university settings such as public libraries and venues accessible to a wider public. (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, love, and hummingbirds. (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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