Devika Chawla, Ph.D.
Director of Studies, Honors Tutorial College
Editor-in-chief, Departures in Critical Qualitative Research (a University of California Press journal)
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Specializations: Narrative and Performance Theory; Identity, Postcolonial and Transnational Studies; Oral History; Ethnography
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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.