School of Interdisciplinary Studies Global Studies

Faculty Directory

Tithi Bhattacharya

Tithi Bhattacharya

Director of Global Studies

Tithi Bhattacharya is an Associate Professor of History at Purdue University. She specializes in Modern South Asian History. Her first book, The Sentinels of Culture: Class, Education, and the Colonial Intellectual in Bengal, was published by Oxford University Press in 2005. The book looks at the co-constitutive relationship between processes of class formation and nation formation.  Dr. Bhattacharya is currently working on two book projects. She is editing a volume of essays on gender and labor, under contract with Pluto Press.  She is also writing a history of fear in colonial Bengal. Uncanny Histories maps the role Bengali ghosts and ghost stories have played in reconstituting “traditional” Indian religious thought and in bringing such thought into a new relationship with the science and religion of a colonizing Europe.  

Dr. Bhattacharya has lectured throughout the United States and abroad, in Kolkata, Delhi, Belfast, London, Berlin and Amsterdam. Her work has been published in the Journal of Asian Studies, South Asia Research, Electronic Intifada, Jacobin, Salon.com and the New Left Review. She is on the editorial board of Studies on Asia and the International Socialist Review. Her writings have been translated into French, Polish, Spanish and Bengali. Dr. Bhattacharya writes regularly for Huffington Post.  Although she is a historian by training, she is an activist by choice.  She has been active in movements for social justice throughout her life, and in three continents. Along with Stephen Dedalus she believes in holding on to “the now, the here, through which all future plunges to the past."


Rosanne Alstatt

Rosanne‎ Altstatt

Affiliated Faculty

Rosanne Altstatt is an art historian who leads the National and International Scholarships Office in Purdue Honors College. In this position she teaches future leaders across all disciplines to articulate how they will improve the lives of others across nations. Her curatorial projects span subjects in the international discourse on media art. Dr. Altstatt was the inaugural Artistic Director of the Edith Russ Site for Media Art in Oldenburg, Germany, and Curator-Director of Videonale in Bonn, Germany. She has taught curating, art history, and mentored artists at several institutions including Carl-von-Ossietzky University (Germany), Maine College of Art (USA), and University of the Arts, ZHdK (Switzerland).


Evelyn Blackwood

Evelyn Blackwood

Affiliated Faculty

Evelyn Blackwood is Professor of Anthropology at Purdue University, where she has taught since 1994, and is affiliated faculty in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, American Studies, and Asian Studies. Dr. Blackwood is the author numerous journal articles and books, her work investigates the critical intersections where local, state and transnational processes meet individual understandings and experiences of gender, sexuality, identity, and kinship. She explores these topics through two related areas of ethnographic research, the study of a matrilineal society in West Sumatra, Indonesia, and the study of the social construction of sexualities and genders, focused on Indonesia and the United States.


Susan Curtis

Susan Curtis

Affiliated Faculty

Susan Curtis earned an M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Missouri, where she worked with such scholars as David Roediger, T.J. Jackson Lears, David P. Thelen, and Kerby Miller. Dr. Curtis is currently Professor of History and the Director of Interdisciplinary Studies. She teaches mostly graduate-level courses in U.S. cultural history, American Studies, and the history of religion in America. In recent years, her chief project in the classroom and in research has been to integrate the meaning of American culture in multiracial and multiethnic society. She seeks ways to understand cultural collaboration and conflict across racial boundaries and to expose the power of culture to delimit opportunities, expression, acceptance, and citizenship.


Sally Hastings

Sally Hastings

Affiliated Faculty

Sally Hastings specializes in Modern Japanese History and has published extensively on gender relations in Japan. Since coming to Purdue from Northeastern Illinois University in 1990, she has taught courses on the history of Japan and East Asia. She has enjoyed research appointments as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University; as a visiting scholar at Tokyo Joshi Daigaku, Harvard University, and Tokyo International Christian University; and as a Fulbright Fellow in Japan. Her publications include Neighborhood and Nation in Tokyo, 1905-1937 (Pittsburgh, 1995) and several book chapters and articles on modern Japanese women. She is now finishing a book on the first generation of women legislators in Japan, 1946-1953. She is currently the Director of Asian Studies, a past chair of the Midwest Japan Seminar, past president of the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, and has served two terms as a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Asian Studies. She is Editor of the U.S.-Japan Women’s Journal and a reviewer of manuscripts for numerous university presses and scholarly journals.


Robert Marzec

Robert Marzec

Affiliated Faculty

Robert Marzec’s research interests include the relationship between literature, the environment, the history of colonial and postcolonial cultures, subjectivity, and land relations. His teaching interests are in postcolonial studies, 20th and 21st century British and postcolonial studies, eco-criticism, global studies, and contemporary literature.


Bill Mullen

Bill V. Mullen

Affiliated Faculty

Bill V. Mullen is Professor of American Studies at Purdue University. He is the author of Un-American: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Century of World Revolution (Temple University Press, 2015), Afro-Orientalism (University of Minnesota Press, 2004), and Popular Fronts: Chicago and African American Cultural Politics, 1935-1946 (University of Illinois Press, 1999; reprinted 2015). His writing on Palestine and academic boycott has appeared in Electronic Intifada, Mondoweiss, Social Text and International Socialist Review. He lives in West Lafayette, Indiana.


Song No

Song No

Affiliated Faculty

Song No is an Associate Professor of Spanish; Director of Latin American and Latino Studies. Professor No’s research interests include Latin American colonial literature, transculturation and critical theory.


Ronald Stephens

Ronald J. Stephens

Affiliated Faculty

Ronald J. Stephens is professor of African American Studies and director of the African American Studies and Research Center in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at Purdue University.  He is the author of Idlewild: The Rise, Decline and Rebirth of a Unique African American Resort Town (University of Michigan Press, 2013); Idlewild: The Black Eden of Michigan (Arcadia Publishing, 2001); and African Americans of Denver (Arcadia Publishing, 2008). In addition to his national reputation as a leading Idlewild scholar, his interests also focus on the internationalization of the black experience, stemming from an interchange of world views, communication of ideas, and struggles about race, class and freedom. This includes scholarship that explores connections between civil rights and human rights, and interchanging meanings of blackness and black power in the context of globalization. This includes work that examines transnational circulations set in motion by global conceptions of blackness through leisure and recreation, political activism and social protest. He is currently working on three book projects: Robert Franklin Williams Speaks: A Documentary History, 1925-1996; Black Impresario: The Story of Larry Steele and his Smart Affairs, 1938-1968; and Global Garveyism: Diasporic Aspirations and Utopian Dreams, co-edited with Adam Ewing.


Mangala Subramaniam

Mangala Subramaniam

Affiliated Faculty

Mangala Subramaniam is Associate Professor in the department of sociology at Purdue University. Her research is in the broad areas of gender (and its intersections with caste, race, and class) and social movements. Dr. Subramaniam is an internationally recognized scholar and researcher in the sociology of gender, presenting papers and publishing articles in international venues as well as in the U.S. Her projects focus on gender politics and development, which examine the dynamics between state power and collective action by the severely disadvantaged for rights to basic needs, such as water, food, and health. Among her many international activities is her contribution as member of the International Team of Experts for Poverty Alleviation, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, Geneva.


Wesley Bishop

Wesley Bishop

Program Assistant

Wesley Bishop is a graduate Student in the Department of History specializing in US Labor History with a minor Field in Global Political Economy.  Wesley is interested in the intersections of race and class on a global scale and has already done extensive research on Eugene Debs, a key figure in US labor history.  Wesley is deeply involved in many social justice issues in the community and is a regular voice in local struggles.

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