Leela Fernandes

Professional Title

Professor - Political Science, Women's Studies


Political Science
Women's Studies


Leela Fernandes is the Glenda Dickerson Collegiate Professor of Women’s Studies and Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan. She is the author of India’s New Middle Class: Democratic Politics in an Era of Economic Reform; Transnational Feminism in the United States: Knowledge, Ethics, Power; Producing Workers: The Politics of Gender, Class, and Culture in the Calcutta Jute Mills; and Transforming Feminist Practice. She is currently writing a new book, "Governing Water in India: Inequality and the Liberalizing State." She has also published numerous essays and articles on questions of inequality, politics, and feminist theory. She has recently published the edited book, "Feminists Rethink the Neoliberal State" and is currently working on a new edition of her Routledge volume, Handbook on Gender in South Asia. 

Research Interests

qualitative research
inequality; democracy