Research Expertise and Interest
gender and sexuality, global racialities, social theory, postcolonial and decolonial theory, alliances, right-wing movements; geographic specializations outside the U.S.:France, India
Paola Bacchetta is Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies. She is also Co-chair of the Political Conflict, Gender and People’s Rights Project based at Center for Race and Gender at University of California, Berkeley. She is on the Executive Committee of the California-wide Center for New Racial Studies and previously served as Coordinator of the Gender Consortium at Berkeley. Bacchetta is the former Director (2006-2010) and current Advisory Board Chair of the Beatrice Bain Research Group at Berkeley. Bacchetta is an Advisory Board member of University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Race and Gender, and Center for Right-Wing Studies. Besides Gender and Women’s Studies, Bacchetta is a faculty member at University of California’s Center for South Asia Studies; Center for Middle Eastern Studies; Center for the Study of Sexual Cultures; and Graduate Group in Dance, Theater and Performance Studies.
Bacchetta’s scholarly interests include: political conflict; transnational feminist and queer theory; decolonial and postcolonial theory; queer of color theory; multiplicities (intersectionality, assemblages, articulational theorizations, co-formations and co-productions); epistemologies of the south; social and critical theory; and theories of spatialities. She has published on thematics such as: political and religious conflict; right-wing movements; liberation-oriented movements, insurgencies, and artistic expressions by feminist and queer of color, decolonial and postcolonial subjects and movements; and co-motion (alliances, coalitions, convergences, solidarities). Her methods of specialization are: discourse analysis, and ethnography and participant-observation. Her geographical areas of concentration are France, India, U.S., and more recently Italy.