Indian Political Scientist Rajeshwari Deshpande Examines ‘Life and Politics of Caste’ in Lecture at UMass Amherst

Rajeshwari Deshpande
Rajeshwari Deshpande

AMHERST, Mass. – Rajeshwari Deshpande, professor of politics at Savitribai Phule Pune University in India, will speak on “Inequalities, Hierarchies and Texts of Power: Life and Politics of Caste in the Post ‘Mandal’ Moment” on Thursday, Nov. 3 at noon in the Hadley Room on the 10th floor of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Campus Center.

Deshpande’s research interests are the politics of the poor, urban caste-class realities, women’s politics, comparative state politics and the intellectual traditions of Maharashtra, India’s third-largest state by area and also the world’s second-most populous sub-national entity.

Deshpande has been a member of the Lokniti network of Indian political scientists that conducts the National Election Studies (NES) in India and has worked on the nature of the women’s vote in Indian elections using NES data. She is a member of the editorial management team of the journal Studies in Indian Politics, where she coordinates a discussion forum on teaching and learning political science in India.

She was an Indian Council for Cultural Relations visiting professor at the University of Technology in Sydney in 2014 and a UK India Education Research Initiative scholar at King’s India Institute in London in 2012.

The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided. Register by emailing

The talk is presented by the Obama-Singh Initiative Project in the department of educational policy, research and administration at UMass Amherst.