Angana P. Chatterji

Global Fellow

Dr. Angana P. Chatterji will be a Global Fellow at the Centre for Law & Social Transformation  and a Distinguished Fellow at the Rafto Foundation for Human Rights (Rafto) during August and October, 2022.

Angana P. Chatterji is Research Anthropologist and Founding Co-chair, Political Conflict, Gender and People’s Rights Initiative at the Center for Race and Gender at University of California, Berkeley. Since April 2017, she has been a Research Fellow at the Center for Human Rights and International Justice, Stanford University. A cultural anthropologist, Dr. Chatterji focuses her work on issues of political conflict, majoritarian nationalism, and religion in the public sphere, attentive to gender, caste, race, religion, class, minoritization, violence, reparatory justice, and cultural survival. Rooted in local knowledge, Chatterji’s collaborative research has facilitated the creation of new archives, impacted policy, and contributed to the democratization of knowledge. In Kashmir, Chatterji co-founded the People’s Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice (2008). Her collective work uncovered unknown, unmarked and mass graves containing 2,943 bodies, calling attention to the need for acknowledgement, justice, and accountability. Chatterji’s publications include: BREAKING WORLDS: Religion, Law and Citizenship in Majoritarian India; The Story of Assam (2021); Majoritarian State: How Hindu Nationalism is Changing India (2019); Conflicted Democracies and Gendered Violence: The Right to Heal (2016); Contesting Nation: Gendered Violence in South Asia; Notes on the Postcolonial Present (2012); Kashmir: The Case for Freedom (2011); Violent Gods: Hindu Nationalism in India’s Present; Narratives from Orissa (2009); and reports: Access to Justice for Women: India’s Response to Sexual Violence in Conflict and Social Upheaval (2015); BURIED EVIDENCE: Unknown, Unmarked and Mass Graves in Kashmir (2009); Communalism in Orissa (2006); and Without Land or Livelihood (2004).