Monamie Bhadra

Postdoctoral Fellow
Core Faculty
Monamie Bhadra is the current American Council of Learned Societies Postdoctoral Fellow in Global Science and Technology Studies. As a scholar in science and technology studies (STS), her research examines the political and cultural ramifications of energy transitions in India by bringing STS into conversation with insights from the fields of the anthropology of democracy, democratic theory, South Asian studies, critical development studies, and energy policy. Her dissertation, “This Fissured Democracy: Nation-building, Civic Epistemologies, and Nuclear Politics in India,” examines how diverse Indian polities have resisted and accommodated diverse manifestations of nuclear energy into their existing culture, politics, and environment from the 1960s to the present to understand the different practices and imaginaries of Indian democracy. Her research has appeared in Science as Culture, and for a broader audience in the The Cairo Review of Global Affairs. Most recently, her research garnered her the Nicholas C. Mullins Award of 2016 for best graduate student paper from the Society for the Social Studies of Science. Her next project will shift attention from the Indian state to the influx of private capital through foreign and domestic corporate interests to fund the National Solar Mission that seeks to increase India’s solar energy capacity to 100 GW by 2022. The Mission provides an opportunity to trace the mutual constitution of power, both of energy and politics, by providing a window into the interplay of politics of knowledge and expertise, the materiality and institutionalization of solar technologies, and the circulating discourses of nationalism and mitigating global climate change as shaped by Indian statecraft and the privatization of the Indian energy sector.
Areas of Expertise
  • Social Activism
  • Democracy
  • South Asian Studies
  • Nuclear Power
  • Renewable Energy Transitions
  • Politics of Knowledge
  • Ph.D. in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology, Arizona State University