Simanti Dasgupta

Associate Professor, University of Dayton

Simanti Dasgupta is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Dayton. Her overarching interest in the politics of citizenship in postcolonial and neoliberal nation-states link her works. She is currently working on her book manuscript tentatively titled, "Prophylactic Rights: Sex Work, HIV/AIDS and Anti-Trafficking in Neoliberal India". It is based on her ethnographic research since 2010 with Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee, a sex workers’ organization in Sonagachi, India. She published in PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review, Journal of South Asian Studies, Anthropology News, Opendemocracy:Beyond trafficking slavery, amongst others. She previously authored "BITS of Belonging: Information Technology, Water and Neoliberal Governance in India" (Temple, 2015). sdasgupta1@udayton.edu

Experience

  • –present
    Associate Professor, University of Dayton

Education

  • 2009 
    New School for Social Research, Anthropology

Publications

  • 2018
    The Labor of ‘Risky’ Bodies: Sex Work, HIV/AIDS and the Politics of Well-being in Sonagachhi, Anthropology News
  • 2015
    Amnesty Proposal to Decriminalize Sex Work: Contents and Discontents, opendemocracy.net
  • 2015
    BITS of Belonging: Information Technology, Water and Neoliberal Governance in India, Temple University Press
  • 2014
    Sovereign Silence: Immoral Trafficking (Prevention) Act and Sex Work in Sonagachhi, Political and Legal Anthropology Review (PoLAR)