PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Chaitanya Lakkimsetti is an Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Gender Studies & Center for Feminist Research at USC. Her doctoral dissertation compared the political struggles surrounding decriminalization of homosexuality with the legal and political struggles over sex work in India to understand the impact of globalization on the intimate sphere. Her dissertation won the Law & Society Association’s best dissertation award in 2011. A paper “HIV is Our Friend: Prostitution, Biopower and State in Postcolonial India”based on her dissertation research is forthcoming in Signs: Journal of Women and Culture. She is currently working on a book manuscript, Governing Sexualities: Governmentality, Biopower and Citizenship in Postcolonial India.