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Professor and Director, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Editorial Director, Feminist Studies, George Washington University

Ashwini Tambe is Professor and Director of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Professor of History at George Washington University, in Washington, D. C.. She is also the Editorial Director of Feminist Studies, the oldest journal of interdisciplinary feminist scholarship in the United States. She previously taught at the University of Maryland and the University of Toronto.

Dr. Tambe is a scholar of transnational South Asian history who focuses on the relationship between law, gender, and sexuality. Her book "Defining Girlhood in India: A Transnational Approach to Sexual Maturity Laws" (University of Illinois Press, 2019) explores the legal paradoxes in age standards for marriage and sexual consent. Her volume "Transnational Feminist Itineraries" (Duke University Press 2021, co-edited with Millie Thayer), features essays analyzing religious and economic fundamentalism. Her book "Codes of Misconduct: Regulating Prostitution in Late Colonial Bombay" (University of Minnesota Press, 2009) traces how law-making and law-enforcement practices shaped the rise of the city's red light district. She also coedited "The Limits of British Colonial Control in South Asia" (Routledge, 2008, with Harald Fischer-Tine).

Her journal articles have spanned topics such as age as a category of historical analysis (American Historical Review 2020), #MeToo around the globe (Feminist Formations, 2021), #MeToo and race (Feminist Studies 2018), domesticity and nationalism (South Asia, 2020), feminist opposition to population control (Women's Studies International Forum, 2014), scientific racism (Theory, Culture and Society, 2011), interdisciplinary approaches to feminist state theory (Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, 2010), Gandhi and gender (Social Scientist, 2009), and the long record of transnational approaches in feminist scholarship (New Global Studies, 2010).


  • 2021–2022
    Professor, George Washington University
  • 2011–2021
    Professor, University of Maryland