Faculty and Staff

S. Charusheela

S. Charusheela

Associate Professor

B.A. Economics (Honors), University of Delhi
Ph.D. Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Office: UW2-312
Mailing: Box 358530, 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011-8246

Email: charus@uw.edu


My teaching aims to make the classroom a space for critical thinking and creative experimentation. I organize this in terms of three broad categories: skill development, active learning, and integration of interdisciplinary approaches and materials.  I want my students to be critical thinkers, but beyond that, I want them to gain a sense of themselves as capable producers of knowledge, to inspire them with a passion for learning and knowledge creation in whatever forms work for them. My role is to help them make that journey.


My research, like my teaching, is informed by my personal history. An Indian national, I grew up in Bombay and Delhi.  I work on questions of gender, development, identity, and postcoloniality/globalization in South Asia.  I was Editor of Rethinking Marxism from August 2009 - July 2013 and remain an active member of its editorial board. I completed two terms as an elected member of the Governing Board of the Cultural Studies Association (US) in May 2015. I twice served as an elected board member for the International Association for Feminist Economics, and acted as the convener/co-convener for the Feminist Pre-conference at the South Asian conference (Madison, WI) from 2005-2009. 

Selected Publications

“Empowering Work?  Bargaining Models Reconsidered.” In D. Barker and E. Kuiper eds. Toward a Feminist Philosophy of Economics. London: Routledge, 2003.
“Postcolonial Thought, Postmodernism, and Economics: Questions of Ontology and Ethics.”  In Zein-Elabdin and Charusheela eds. Postcolonialism meets Economics, Routledge, 2004.
“The Diaspora at Home” Cultural Dynamics, Vol. 19. no. 2 (October), 2007.

“Social Analysis and the Capabilities Approach:  A Limit to Martha Nussbaum’s Universalist Ethics.”   Cambridge Journal of Economics,  Vol. 33, No. 6, 2009.

“Engendering Feudalism:  Modes of Production Debates Revisited.”  Rethinking Marxism, Vol. 22, no. 3, April 2010.

“Where is the ‘Economy’?  Cultural Studies and Narratives of Emerging Asian Dominance.”  In Paul Smith ed.,  Renewing Cultural Studies, Temple University Press (Forthcoming).