Devika Chawla, Ph.D.
Director of Honors Tutorial College
Specializations: Narrative and Performance Theory; Identity, Postcolonial and Transnational Studies; Oral History; Ethnography
Schoonover Center 431
Devika Chawla is Professor in the School of Communication Studies, Ohio University. Her intellectual and scholarly interests focus upon performative, affective, and communicative approaches to home, travel, and identity. Her scholarly work draws upon and coalesces ideas from transnational, postcolonial, affect, performance, and mobility studies. Her book-length monograph, a cross-generational oral history account of refugees in India’s Partition, Home, Uprooted: Oral Histories of India’s Partition, was published by Fordham University Press in 2014. It was winner of the 2015 Outstanding Book Award from the Ethnography Division and the International and Intercultural Division of the National Communication Association. The book received “Honorable Mentions” for best book from the Organization for Communication, Language, and Gender and the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, in 2015. Professor Chawla’s most recent book is a co-edited anthology (with Stacy Holman Jones) entitled, Stories of Home: Place, Identity, Exile (Lexington Press in 2015). See her vita for more information about her research and teaching.
Professor Chawla’s current projects include – 1) Co-editing (with Ahmet Atay) a special issue for Cultural Studies <> Critical methodologies entitled, “Decolonizing Autoethnography;” 2) Compiling a Performance Forum on oral history and autobiographical performance for Departures in Critical Qualitative Research; 3) She has begun preliminary research and thinking about a new project that attends to the “affective and aesthetic afterlife” of domestic objects among immigrant populations.