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Dr. Susan Mody

Associate Professor
Chair of Gender & Women’s Studies

Susan Laird Mody has been a member of the Department since 2009 and became Chair of Gender and Women’s Studies in December 2013. She teaches courses in Global Gender Issues, Gender and Sexuality in India, Gender and Science, and Gender in Education. She received her doctorate in the Social, Philosophical and Historical Foundations of Education from Rutgers University in 2002 and her B.A. from Smith College in 1991. Her book Cultural Identity in Kindergarten (Routledge, 2005) is a comparative ethnographic study of young Asian Indian children in New Jersey that examines cultural identity construction at school and community sites. Her current research interests include transnational feminisms, feminist pedagogy, and gender issues in India. Dr. Mody designed the department’s 2014 Study Abroad program in Hyderabad, India, for Women’s Worlds Congress 2014.


  • Ed.D. & M. Ed. in Social, Philosophical and Historical Foundations of Education, Rutgers University
  • B.A. in Education, Smith College

Teaching Areas

  • Global Gender Issues
  • Women, Gender & Sexuality in India
  • Gender and Education
  • Gender in Science


  • Mody, S. L. (2005). Cultural identity in kindergarten. New York: Routledge.
  • Mody, S., & Mhatre, S. (1975). Sexual class in India. Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars, 7(1).
  • Mhatre, S., & Mody, S. (1974). Slum women of Bombay. In D. Jain, Ed., Indian women. New Delhi: Government of India Press.

Recent Conference Presentations

  • Society for Applied Anthropology (sfAA), March 2014, Albuquerque, New Mexico: “Gang-rape, Caste and Cycles of Revenge in India’s Rape Culture”
  • Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (NEPCA), October 2013, St. Michael’s College, Winooski, Vermont: “Bollywood in an American Classroom: Engaging Melodrama and Song-and-Dance as Subaltern Spaces of Possibility”
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