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Premilla Nadasen

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Title Visiting Associate Professor
Department History
Email pnadasen@barnard.edu
Biography Premilla Nadasen is a Visiting Associate Professor of History and is affiliated with the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program. Her research and teaching interests include women and gender, race, public policy, labor, poverty, and social movements. Prior to joining the faculty at Barnard she taught at Queens College, City University of New York.

Her book, Welfare Warriors, analyzed how grass-roots welfare activists forged a distinctive brand of feminism out of the political and cultural circumstances of their lives and in the process remapped the contours of radical politics and influenced the contested terrain of welfare policy. Her current project examines how class, gender, race, culture and law constitute the meanings of the work of social reproduction and the ways in which domestic workers disrupted these meanings and claimed a right to organize as workers. Professor Nadasen has won fellowships and honors for her work, including the American Studies Association’s John Hope Franklin Book Prize, the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians Article Prize, and a Mellon Residential Fellowship at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Nadasen is a long-time scholar-activist and works closely with community organizations. She has written policy briefs, served as an expert academic witness, and speaks widely on issues of labor and poverty. She has written for Ms, the Progressive Media Project, as well as other media outlets.

Her book, Domestic Workers Unite!, on the history of domestic worker organizing in the United States is forthcoming from Beacon Press (2015). She is currently co-editing, with Eileen Boris, a special issue of the International Working-Class History Association journal on organizing domestic labor.