Chetna Sharma Department of Political Science, Kamala Nehru College, University of Delhi
Chetna Sharma is Assistant Professor at Department of Political Science, Kamala Nehru College, University of Delhi. She obtained her master’s degree from Department of Political Science and MPhil from Department of African Studies, University of Delhi. In 2011, she was awarded PhD from Department of Political Science, University of Delhi. Her PhD thesis was titled ‘Identity Politics and Recognition of Minorities in Indian States: A Study of Bodos and Ladakhis’. It is based on an extensive fieldwork in and around Bodo-dominated areas of Kokrajhar, the capital city of Guwahati in Assam, and Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir. This work focuses on politics of recognition of internal minorities in Assam and Jammu and Kashmir. It engages in contemporary discussions on multiculturalism, pushes the normative boundaries beyond an examination of national minorities and analyses the political negotiations involved in determining the cultural securities of internal minorities. Her areas of interest are political theory, contemporary liberalism, citizenship, minority rights, multiculturalism, conflict studies and politics of Assam, with a special focus on plain tribes and peace accords. With a strong interest in political theory, she has contributed chapters for University of Delhi’s web portal for undergraduate students on topics of liberalism, state, equality, multiculturalism and pluralism. She has also published debates on secularism and Muslim women’s position as internal minority in the Indian democracy. She was awarded Junior Research Fellowship and Senior Research Fellowship by University Grants Commission (UGC). She contributed a chapter in a book titled itizenship in Globalizing World, edited by Ashok Acharya (New Delhi, 2012). Dr Sharma regularly presents papers at seminars and conferences in India and abroad. In 2017, she attended a workshop on forced population displacement and the making of the modern world, organized by Brown International Advanced Research Institute, Brown University, Providence, USA.