Fellows & Grantees

Debadatta Chakraborty

Religion, Spirituality, and Democratic Renewal Program 2023
Project Title
Hindutva and Hinduphobia: Transnational authoritarianism, gendered-racialized youth mobilization and nationalist politics of the Indian diaspora in the US
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award)
University of Massachusetts Amherst


Debadatta Chakraborty is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a graduate certificate in Feminist Studies. Her research interests include transnational authoritarianism, diasporic community formation, gendered-racial capitalism, political economy, and culture and media. Her dissertation focuses on the rise of Hindutva (Hindu nationalism) in India and its connection to diasporic youth mobilization by centering the religious-nationalist politics of the Indian diaspora in the US and its connection to white supremacy. Combining global ethnography, archival work, and interviews in the US and in India, it contributes to understanding how youth at “home” and in the diaspora make sense of right-wing ideologies through transnational networks.