Dr. Sudeshna Baksi-Lahiri is a cultural anthropologist, specializing in the politics of religion and gender, with particular emphasis on the study of Islam. Her research interests include the politics of cultural stereotyping and associated narratives, the social constructions of reality, and feminist perspectives on power and politics in Muslim societies. She earned her B.Sc. in Anthropology from the University of Delhi (India), and her M.A. in Sociology from the Delhi School of Economics (India). She continued her education at Cornell University, completing her M.A. in Anthropology en passant, and received a Fulbright to conduct her doctoral research in the Republic of Maldives. She has taught at Ithaca College and Cornell University — and has recently lectured on topics such as: cross-cultural approaches to Islamic thought and practice, women’s power and ritual politics in the Maldives, and textual and contextual interpretations of gender in Islam. As a Fellow of the Dallas Institute, she is actively engaged in lecturing, teaching and participating in forums. She is currently working on a monograph about the interpretive nature of religious discourse.
(updated November 9, 2020)