School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development

Debarati Sen

Associate Professor of Anthropology and Conflict Management

Contact Information

Office: Kennesaw Campus
Math & Statistics (MS 365), Room 222
Phone: 470-578-7733


Dr. Debarati Sen holds a dual appointment between School of Conflict Management, Peacebuildng and Development and the Anthropology program at KSU. A native of India, she is a dedicated advocate for promoting women's voices in academe and beyond. This personal and professional mission is reflected in Dr. Sen's internationally recognized research, award winning teaching and service to the profession. Dr. Sen's research takes place at the confluence of cultural anthropology, development studies, gender studies and conflict studies. For the past fourteen years her research examined gendered mobilizations around sustainable development in rural India. This ethnographic work has culminated in her forthcoming book: Everyday Sustainability: Gender Justice and Fair Trade Tea in Darjeeling (Albany: SUNY Press, 2017).  Wenner-Gren Individual Research Grant, National Science Foundation DDIG Grant, Princeton University and Columbia University's Marion Jemmott grant funded her research. Her other publications have appeared in refereed journals such as  "Anthropology in Action," "Critique of Anthropology," "Feminist Studies," "Society and Natural Resources," "Environment and Society," "Anthropology of Work Review" and JEKEM. She has also contributed to anthologies like New South Asian Feminisms (Zed Books) and "Indigenous Conflict Management Strategies" (Lexington Books). Her new book project looks at women's leadership, entrepreneurialism and issues of violence and consent in post-conflict reconstruction, comparing experiences in South Asia, Latin America and MENA.

Her graduate courses at KSU include "Gender, Conflict, Peace," "Getting Women Ahead: A Comparison between India and USA," "Sustainable Development" and "Intercultural Dynamics of Conflict."  Since serves pro-bono on the American Association of University Women's (AAUW's) national fellowship review team and is the treasurer and an executive council member of the CAORC supported Association of Nepal and Himalayan Studies.


Ph.D., Rutgers University
M.A., Rutgers University
M.Phil., Delhi University
M.A., Delhi University
B.A., Calcutta University