Angana P. Chatterji

Angana P. Chatterji

Co-Chair, Political Conflict, Gender, & People's Rights Initiative

Angana P. Chatterji is Co-chair, Political Conflict, Gender and People’s Rights Initiative, and Research Anthropologist at the Center for Race and Gender at University of California, Berkeley (and Founding Co-chair of the precursor, Armed Conflict Resolution and People’s Rights Initiative at the Center for Social Sector Leadership, Haas School of Business, 2012-2015). A cultural anthropologist, she focuses her scholarly work on issues of political conflict; gender, power and violence; majoritarian nationalism, minoritization and racialization; religion in the public sphere, religious freedom; and reparatory justice and cultural survival. Chatterji’s scholarship bears witness to post/colonial, decolonial conditions of grief, dispossession, and agency.

In Kashmir, Chatterji co-founded (2008), and was co-convener of (2008-2012), the People’s Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice. She was a Member of the Drafting Committee on Minimum Standards, Second World Congress on Psychosocial Restitution in 2010. In 2005, Chatterji founded the People’s Tribunal on Religious Freedom and Human Rights in Odisha. In 2004, Chatterji served on a two-person independent commission on displacement and rehabilitation in the Narmada Valley. In 1984, Chatterji worked in the post-violence camps for Sikh victims-survivors in Delhi. In 2017, she was appointed a Research Fellow at the WSD Handa Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Stanford University. In 2015-2016, Chatterji was a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR) at Columbia University.

Chatterji taught doctoral seminars in anthropology and philosophical foundations of education in 2013-2014 at the University of San Francisco’s School of Education as Adjunct Professor. Previously, Chatterji served on the faculty in the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, where she co-created a graduate curriculum in postcolonial anthropology as Professor (2009-2011), Associate Professor (2000-2009), and Adjunct Professor (1997-2000). Between 1989-2002, Chatterji worked with the Indian Social Institute and Planning Commission of India, and as Director of Research at the Asia Forest Network, initially housed at the University of California, Berkeley.

Chatterji’s publications include: sole authored books: Violent Gods: Hindu Nationalism in India’s Present; Narratives from Orissa (Three Essays Collective, 2009); Land and Justice: The Struggle for Cultural Survival (forthcoming); co-contributed monograph for which she is lead editor: Conflicted Democracies and Gendered Violence: The Right to Heal; Internal Conflict and Social Upheaval in India (ACRes-CSSL, University of California, Berkeley, 2015; Zubaan, U. Chicago distribution, 2016); co-edited volume: Contesting Nation: Gendered Violence in South Asia; Notes on the Postcolonial Present (Zubaan, 2012, U. Chicago distribution, 2013); co-contributed anthology: Kashmir (Verso, 2011); reports for which she is lead author: BURIED EVIDENCE: Unknown, Unmarked, and Mass Graves in Kashmir (2009), Communalism in Orissa (2006), and Without Land or Livelihood (2004); sole authored monograph: Community Forest Management in Arabari: Understanding Socioeconomic and Subsistence Issues (Ford Foundation, 1996); and co-edited journal double issue: Cultural Dynamics: Theory Cross-Cultures (2004), “Gendered Violence in South Asia: Nation and Community in the Postcolonial Present”; and over thirty-five academic articles, book chapters, and research briefs and reports. Her latest and co-edited book is: Majoritarian State: How Hindu Nationalism is Changing India (US: Oxford University Press, 2019, UK: Hurst, 2019, South Asia: Harper Collins, 2019)

Chatterji has served on human rights commissions and offered expert testimony, including at the United Nations, European Parliament, United Kingdom Parliament, and United States Congress. Chatterji holds a B.A. in Political Science, an M.A. in Political Science, and a Ph.D. in the Humanities. Chatterji has served on the board of directors of International Rivers Network and Earth Island Institute, and the Advisory Board of the Kashmir Initiative at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Chatterji is a founding member of the South Asia Feminist Preconference at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.


Major Publications

Majoritarian State: How Hindu Nationalism is Changing India
US: Oxford University Press, 2019, UK: Hurst, 2019, South Asia: Harper Collins, 2019
Conflicted Democracies and Gendered Violence:
The Right to Heal

University of Chicago Press, 2016
Access to Justice for Women: India’s Response to Sexual Violence in Conflict and Mass Social Upheaval
Berkeley Law, 2015
Violent Gods: Hindu Nationalism in India’s Present –
Narratives from Orissa
Three Essays Collective, 2009
Contesting Nation – Gendered Violence in South Asia: Notes on the Postcolonial Present
University of Chicago Press and Zubaan, 2012
Buried Evidence: Unknown, Unmarked, and Mass Graves in Indian-Administered Kashmir
International People’s Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice in Kashmir (IPTK), 2009
Kashmir: The Case for Freedom
Verso Books, 2011