Assistant Professor of International Affairs
Sheba Tejani is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs at The New School. She is interested in the social transformations wrought by globalization and technological change, especially as they relate to labor, labor rights and gender inequalities. More recently, she has become interested in the political aspect - or how particular development logics have fuelled the rise of ethno-nationalist and majoritarian politics in different parts of the world.
She has conducted research on the gender dimensions of export-oriented development, the phenomenon of jobless growth and feminist economics. She is currently working on a book that explores the role of development discourse and practice in advancing a Hindu right-wing agenda in India.
Prior to joining the New School she worked as Economist with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and did numerous consultancies with the International Labor Organization (ILO). She has a long and ongoing association with the women's movement in India.
Phd in Economics, The New School for Social Research, NY, 2012
B.A. in International Relations, Mount Holyoke College, MA, 1996
"Global Defeminization: Industrial Upgrading and Manufacturing Employment in Developing Countries" (with W. Milberg), Feminist Economics, Vol 22 (2), 2016.
"Jobless Growth in India: An Investigation," Cambridge Journal of Economics, May 28, 2015.
“Feminization, Defeminization and Structural Transformation in Manufacturing” (with D. Kucera), World Development, Vol. 64, 2014.
“The Gender Dimension of Special Economic Zones,” in Tom Farole and Gokhan Akinci (eds.) Special Economic Zones in Africa: Comparing Performance and Learning from Global Experiences. Washington, DC: World Bank, 2011.
"What is communal? The problem of false equivalence", Kafila, May 2, 2014.
"Symbolic Injury as a Site of Protest: The Case of the Offending Cartoon, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 47, No. 26-27, 30 June, 2012.
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