‘Eugenic Feminism’ by UMass Amherst’s Asha Nadkarni, to be launched Wednesday at Amherst Books

AMHERST, Mass. – Asha Nadkarni, an assistant professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will be on hand to celebrate the launch of her new book “Eugenic Feminism: Reproductive Nationalism in the United States & India,” at Amherst Books on Wednesday, May 7 from 5-7 p.m.

Published by the University of Minnesota Press, Nadkarni’s book explores the idea that whenever feminists lay claim to citizenship based on women’s biological ability to “reproduce the nation,” they are participating in a eugenic project—sanctioning reproduction by some, and prohibiting it by others.

Nadkarni shows how the exclusionary impulse of eugenics – that is, improving a human population by controlled breeding to increase the occurrence of desirable heritable characteristics – is embedded within the terms of nationalist feminism.

Nadkarni received her B.A. in gender and women’s studies from Connecticut College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Brown University. Her research and teaching interests include postcolonial literature and theory, transnational feminist theory, American empire studies, and Asian American studies, with an emphasis on the literatures and cultures of the South Asian diaspora.

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