Orfalea Center Thematic Research Cluster

Global Genders and Sexualities

Ongoing Faculty Individual Research - Debanuj DasGupta

Debanuj DasGupta is drafting an article on COVID-19 and Queer Geopolitics to be submitted to Political Geography. (Final Submission due by 04/30/2021)

DasGupta is collaborating with activists in Kolkata, Kathmandu and Dhaka about relief work during the pandemic and transgender access to the COVID vaccine. Some of this work will be available through the MATAI Zine.

DasGupta’s book manuscript tentatively titled, Trans/Detention: Politics of Trauma and Trans/Migrant Justice draws upon the research conducted by Miguel Angel Fuentes Carreño, Debanuj DasGupta, and Raquel Pacheco during Summer 2020 about transgender asylum caravans along the US/Mexico border.

Teaching: Graduate Seminar in Winter 2021 titled Queer Geopolitics that engages in provincializing Queer/Transgender Studies as it is taught in the US; highlighting queer/transgender scholarship from the Middle East and Asia that connects geopolitical shifts, conflicts, and borders.

Teaching Intro to Transgender Studies in Spring 2021. Course highlights thinking about gender identities in a transnational context.

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Graduate Assistant (Global Studies). Eugene (he/him/his) is a PhD student at the University of California, Santa Barbara. After receiving his B.A. from Colgate University with a double major in Peace and Conflict Studies and International Relations, he was awarded a Fulbright to work as an English Teaching Assistant in Thailand with TUSEF. Before joining UCSB, Eugene studied, taught, and competed professionally in Ballroom and Latin dance in New York City. Eugene's research focuses on international incarceration, the securitization of sexuality and gender, and security technologies used by authoritarian governments. His work focuses on the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
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