Srirupa Prasad

Srirupa Prasad
Associate Professor
325 Strickland
(573) 882-8215
PDF Documents: 
Cultural Politics of Hygiene

PhD: 2005, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Research and Teaching: 

Interdisciplinary perspectives on disease, medicine, and health; globalization, transnationalism, and India; feminist theory and methods; affect theory and theories of the body.

Srirupa Prasad’s teaches courses on women’s health and globalization; feminist theories and methodologies; sociology of health; body and society, and gender in India.  Culture and politics of contagion, hygiene, and infectious diseases constitute one of her main research interests. Her first book, Cultural Politics of Hygiene in India, 1890-1940: Contagions of Feelings (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), investigates genealogies of contagion in colonial India and highlights the dynamic and contested passages between contagion as a microbe and contagion as an affect. She is currently working on a new project studying the history and contemporary politics of tuberculosis and care work in India. One of her other research interests is critical feminist pedagogy and teaching. She received a University of Missouri Diversity Faculty Achievement Award in 2014.

Awards and Honors: 

MU Diversity Faculty Achievement Award, 2014

Research Board, University of Missouri, 2011

Select Publications: 

Srirupa Prasad. 2015. Cultural Politics of Hygiene in India, 1890-1940: Contagions of Feelings (Palgrave Macmillan)

Srirupa Prasad. 2015. “Sanitizing the Domestic: Hygiene and Gender in Late Colonial Bengal”, Journal of Women’s History. Fall 2015, Volume 27, No 3, Pages 132-153.

Amit Prasad and Srirupa Prasad. 2012. “Imaginative Geography; Neoliberal Globalization, and Colonial Distinctions: Docile and Dangerous Bodies in Medical Transcription “Outsourcing”, in Cultural Geographies, Vol. 19, No. 3, Pages 349-364.

Srirupa Prasad. 2006. “Crisis, Identity, and Social Distinction: Cultural Politics of Food, Taste, and Consumption in Late Colonial Bengal”, Journal of Historical Sociology, Vol. 19, No. 3, pages 246-265.