Nandini Deo

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Yale University 2008


Comparative politics


Nandini Deo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, USA.  Her research is at the intersection of religion, feminism, and social movements in South Asia. 

Deo’s first book The Politics of Collective Advocacy in India was co-authored with Duncan McDuie Ra and focused on the gains of NGOs networking transnationally.  

Her second book, Mobilizing Religion and Gender in India: The role of activism compares the rise and fall of women’s movements and religious nationalism as an outcome of activist strategies as they responded to changing political structures.

Deo serves as a book review editor for Politics, Religion and Ideology.  She is active in the Women and Politics and Religion and Politics sections of the American Political Science Association.

She is now editing a volume for Bloomsbury Press called Feminisms Beyond the Secular, which looks at how critiques of secularism have created new opportunities for feminist engagement with religion and politics.  She is also running a project on corporate philanthropy in India. 

Deo teaches courses on religion, gender, social movements, comparative politics, and political theory.  This year she is co-leading a faculty seminar on Populism with Ziad Munson with the Sociology department. 

She is originally from India and resides in Philadelphia.

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