Madhumita Dutta

Assistant Professor, Faculty Affiliate, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Faculty

Current CV: PDF icon Madhumita_Dutta_CV.pdf

Interests:  Labor, gender, politics of development, South Asia, creative methodologies.

Current Research: My interests are in the everyday politics of labor, life stories of workers, women and work.

Courses Taught: (Fall 2018):
GEOG 5501: Urban Spaces in the Global Economy

Courses Taught: (Spring 2018):
GEOG 2400: Economic and Social Geography
GEOG 5802: Globalization and Environment

Select Publication:

Book:
Nowak J, Dutta M, and Birke P (eds). 2018.  Workers' Movements and Strikes in the Twenty-First Century: A Global Perspective. Rowman & Littlefield International.

Articles:

Dutta, M. 2019. ‘Becoming’ factory workers: understanding women’s geographies of work through life stories in Tamil Nadu, India, Gender, Place & Culture.

Dutta, M. 2019. Turning Productive Failures Into Creative Possibilities: Women Workers Shaping Fieldwork Methods In Tamil Nadu, India. Geographical Review

Dutta, M. 2016. Place of life stories in labour geography: why does it matter? Geoforum, Vol. 77, 1-4.

Dutta, M. 2016. The Nokia SEZ Story: Economy of disappearances. Economic & Political Weekly. Vol. L1 (51), 43-51.

Report:

Sourcing Dynamics, Workers’ Rights, and Inequality in Garment Global Supply Chains in India by Dr. Mark Anner in collaboration with Dr. Madhumita Dutta, November 2019
This report has argued that apparel global supply chains are characterized by growing power imbalances between finance capital and buyers that sit at the top of the chains and the suppliers and their workers at the bottom. The model suggests that buyers squeeze suppliers on price and suppliers squeeze workers on wages and working conditions. What this study found was considerable evidence of a price squeeze. Indeed, for products exported to the US since 1994, there has been a 63 percent decline in the real dollar price per unit paid by US buyers to Indian suppliers. Read on: https://ler.la.psu.edu/gwr/documents/CGWRGarmentSourcingandWorkersRightsinIndiaNov.152019.pdf

Good Land: Bad Bank - Deadlocking valuable land in unproductive industrial land banks in India. January 2019.

Areas of Expertise
  • Labor Geography
  • Gender
  • Politics of Development
Education
  • Ph.D., 2016, Geography, University of Durham, UK.
  • M.Sc.,1994, Environmental Science, Jiwaji University, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India.
  • B.Sc.,1992, Delhi University, Delhi, India.
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