Sahar Romani's teaching and research interests concern poverty, development, global south urbanisms, youth cultures, ethnography, and contemporary South Asia. Her current research ethnographically examines the everyday day lives of poor urban youth growing up with NGOs in the red-light areas of Kolkata as a lens to understand larger social processes, such as NGO development, urban renewal, and subaltern agency. Prior to graduate school, Sahar worked as a grassroots international development worker and popular educator in Kolkata and Seattle. She previously taught at Oxford University and City University of New York, College of Staten Island.
Teaching and Research Interests
urban geographies, poverty, development, global south urbanisms, youth studies, ethnography, contemporary South Asia
B.A. English, Seattle University, 2002 M.A. South Asian Studies, University of Washington, 2008 Ph.D., University of Oxford, 2015
Professor Sahar Romani was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship in South Asian Studies at Yale University's MacMillan Center for the 2015-2016 academic year.
She published "Being NGO Girls: Gender, Subjectivities, and Everyday Life in Kolkata" in Gender, Place, and Culture, in March 2015.