The University of Massachusetts Amherst
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Kiran Asher


Kiran Asher

(413) 545-6656

W467 South College

Grounded in two decades of field-based research in Latin America and South Asia, Kiran Asher’s diverse research interests focus on the gendered and raced dimensions of social and environmental change in the global south. Her publications include a monograph, Black and Green: Afro-Colombians, Development, and Nature in the Pacific Lowlands (Duke University Press, 2009). She is currently working on a theoretical and political critique of development theories and post-development proposals by drawing on feminist and marxist approaches in a postcolonial frame. From 2002-2013, she was Associate Professor of International Development and Social Change at Clark University, Massachusetts. From 2013-2015, she worked as a Senior Scientist in the Forests and Livelihoods Program, at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), in Bogor, Indonesia.

Courses Recently Taught

  • Feminist Theories of Women, Gender and Development
  • Feminist Theories
  • Sustainable Development, Women, and Gender: The Romance, Rhetoric, and Realities
  • The History and Politics of Development Theory
  • Introduction to Third World Development and Economic Globalization
  • Are We Modern Yet?: Introduction to Social Theory
  • Conversations with the Ghost of Marx
  • Capitalism, Nature, Development
  • Social Movements, Globalization, and Nation-State-Capital
  • Colonialism and Development • Introduction to Women’s Studies
  • Latin American Politics
  • Race and Ethnicity in Latin America