Farah Godrej


Associate Professor and Graduate Adviser

2213 Watkins Hall
(951) 827-4693
e-mail: farah.godrej@ucr.edu

Farah Godrej is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Riverside. Her areas of research and teaching include Indian political thought, Gandhi’s political thought, cosmopolitanism, globalization, comparative political theory, and environmental political thought. Her research appears in journals such as Political TheoryThe Review of Politics, and Polity, and she is the author of Cosmopolitan Political Thought: Method, Practice, Discipline (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011). Her new work explores the intersection between politics and materiality, focusing on the role of the body in ancient and contemporary Indian traditions of thought. She was the recipient of the 2013-14 UC President’s Research Faculty Fellowship in the Humanities.

Selected Publications:

  • “The Neoliberal Yogi and the Politics of Yoga,” Political Theory (forthcoming).
  • “Orthodoxy and Dissent in Hinduism’s Meditative Traditions: A Critical Tantric Politics?” New Political Science 38 (2) 2016, 256-271.
  • “Culture and Difference: Non-Western Approaches to Defining Environmental Issues,” in Teena Gabrielson, Cheryl Hall, John M. Meyer and David Schlosberg (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Environmental Political Theory (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming December 2015).
  • “The Universalist Aspirations of Nationalist Dissent: Lessons from the Debates Between Gandhi and Tagore,” in Tamara Caraus and Camil Alexandru Parvu (eds.), Cosmopolitanism and the Legacies of Dissent (New York: Routledge, 2015).
  • “Neoliberalism, Militarization and the ‘Price’ of Dissent: Policing Protest at the University of California,” in Piya Chatterjee and Sunaina Maira (eds.), The Imperial University: Academic Repression and Scholarly Dissent (University of Minnesota Press, 2013).
  • “Ascetics, Warriors and a Gandhian Ecological Citizenship,” Political Theory 40 (4), 2012, 437-465.
  • “Spaces for Counter-Narratives: The Phenomenology of Reclamation,” Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies 32 (3), 2011, 111-133.
  • “Gandhi’s Civic Ahimsa: A Standard for Public Justification in Multicultural Democracies,” International Journal of Gandhi Studies, 1 (2011), 75-106.
  • “Towards a Cosmopolitan Political Thought: The Hermeneutics of Interpreting the Other,” Polity, 41 (2), 2009, 135-165.
  • “Response to ‘What is Comparative Political Theory?’ ” Review of Politics, 71 (2009), 567–582.
  • “Nonviolence and Gandhi’s Truth: A Method for Moral and Political Arbitration,” Review of Politics 68 (2), 2006, 287-317.


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