Faculty Profiles

Kum-Kum Bhavnani
Ph.D., Social and Political Sciences, Cambridge University, UK
Research Interests

Kum-Kum Bhavnani is Professor of Sociology. Her research interest lie within development, feminist and cultural studies. She has published a number of books and articles including Taling Politics (1991, Cambridge University Press), Shifting Identities Shifting Racisms (Sage 1994: co-edited with An Phoenix), Feminism and 'Race' (2001, Oxford University Press) and Feminist Futures (Zed 2003: co-edited with Johan Foran and Priya Kurian). In 2006 she completed a feature documentary film, The Shape of Water (narrated by Susan Sarandon (http://www.theshapeofwatermovie.com) which spans three continents and was filmed over four years. Her next research documentary, also narrated by Susan Sarandon, premiered in 2012. Nothing Like Chocolate (http://nothinglikechocolate.com) narrates the story of an anarchist chocolate maker living in the rainforests of Grenada who creates world-renowned chocolate sustainably and ethically. Her most recent documentary, Lutah (https://vimeo.com/87403939: 2014), focuses on an independent Santa Barbara-based architect, Lutah Maria Riggs, who, among other spaces, designed the Lobero Theater and the Vedanta Temple. 

She also created a video to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the UCSB Department of Sociology (2015: https://vimeo.com/125096680_

Teaching Areas

156A:  Introduction to Women, Culture, and Development

156B:  Seminar in Women, Culture, and Development

185S:  Special Topics in Social Theory (Theories of Globalization)

212F: Feminist Methods

213: Critical Ethnography

265W:  Women, Culture and Development

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