Vandana ChaudhryDepartment of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
Vadana Chaundry (Assistant Professor) has recently concluded her doctoral studies in Social Work and Disability Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her ethnographic research explored the intersections between disability, development, globalization and the politics of subject-formation in the context of postcolonial India. Her dissertation was supported by the Ford Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Society for Social Work and Research among others. Her areas of research pertain to disability rights movements in the global south, effects of governance and development on disability, and inclusive disability policies. She has worked extensively on disability issues in developing countries, and has served in consultative roles with various international institutions including the World Bank. As a scholar of and with disability, Vandana’s research is oriented towards building knowledge that embraces disability as intrinsic to human diversity, and to promote policies that enable self-determination and full participation for all.