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Meet Shweta Adur

New Assistant Professor Looks at Gender, Social Movements and Development

Oct. 6, 2014

When Shweta Adur was getting her bachelor's degree in sociology at University of Delhi's Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi, she volunteered for several nonprofits, already clear that social justice, development work and human rights would be part of her future. Her family had ingrained such ideals in her from an early age; long before she was born, they had been involved in India's independence. Her parents are both professors in the social sciences.

"I always knew that gender, sexuality, social movements and development were my primary interests," she says.

After receiving a master's degree in sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University, the new assistant professor of women and gender studies headed to the University of Pittsburgh for another M.A., this time in international development. Adur then received a doctorate in sociology from University of Connecticut.

She has published extensively in the fields of human rights and development, as well as human trafficking and Asian Americans, and aging. Adur's dissertation was on the queer South Asian movement in the United States. Prior to joining Cal State Fullerton, she was a visiting assistant professor of sociology at the University of Connecticut and a sociology lecturer at Tufts University.

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