Department of Sociology

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Sarita Srivastava

Sarita Srivastava

Associate Professor

B.Sc. (Toronto), M.E.S. (York), Ph.D. (OISE, Toronto)
Cross-appointed with Gender Studies
Office: Macintosh-Corry Hall, Room D426
Phone: (613) 533-6000 ext. 75763

Research Areas

  • Social Movements
  • Sociology of Gender and Race
  • Sociology of Emotion
  • Feminist Movements and Feminist Theory

Sarita Srivastava's research has focussed on social movements, the sociology of gender and race, and the sociology of emotions. Her primary interest is the interdisciplinary, historical and organizational study of race and gender. It is this interest that has guided her analysis of anti-racist challenges to social movements in North America, Canadian feminist organizing, and movements for aboriginal self-determination. Her recent work analyses the history, the discursive shifts, and the deadlocks of anti-racist challenges within social movements, primarily within women's organizations. Here, she is interested in how social movements evolve under anti-racist challenges, as well as in how organizational discourses and techniques shape racial encounters.

Sarita Srivastava has taught in the areas of sociology of gender, social movements, feminist research and women and development. Prior to joining the Queen's faculty in 2003, she was the acting director of the Women's/Gender Studies Program at the University of Toronto at Mississauga and a visiting professor at the Institute for Women's Studies and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto, where she also taught in the Equity Studies program. Her academic work has also been informed by her involvement in community radio, community gardening, independent film and video, and environmental, labour and feminist organizations.