Chandra Talpade Mohanty

feminism and women's studies professor

Chandra Talpade Mohanty (born 1955) is a a postcolonial and transnational feminist theorist and serves as Distinguished Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, Sociology, and the Cultural Foundations of Education and Dean's Professor of the Humanities at Syracuse University.

Chandra Talpade Mohanty in 2011


  • I define solidarity in terms of mutuality, accountability, and the recognition of common interests as the basis for relationships among diverse communities. Rather than assuming an enforced commonality of oppression, the practice of solidarity foregrounds communities of people who have chosen to work and fight together. Diversity and difference are central values here — to be acknowledged and respected, not erased in the building of alliances.
    • Feminism Without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity (2003), p. 7

Quotes about Chandra Talpade Mohanty

  • The most important message, which we have also learned from the work of Chandra Mohanty and Jacqui Alexander, is that we can never assume that the category “women” equally represents all women. [There are] hierarchies of race and class, and now that we have begun to challenge the binary assumptions behind gender, we can say hierarchies of gender as well. Where, for example, does a transgender woman figure into the hierarchy?
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