Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and Vice Chair for Pedagogy
Office: 626 Barrows Hall (Fall 2015 Office Hours: Th 3:30pm - 5:30pm and by appt)

Paola Bacchetta is Associate Professor of Gender & Women's Studies at University of California, Berkeley. She is on the Executive Committee of the California-wide Center for New Racial Studies. She is former Coordinator of the Gender Consortium at Berkeley, which represents all research centers and teaching units on gender across the university. She is the former Director (2006-2010) and current Advisory Board Chair of the Beatrice Bain Research Group, University of California, Berkeley’s research center on gender, sexuality and its intersections with other relations of power. Professor Bacchetta is also an Advisory Board Member of the Center for the Comparative Study of Right-Wing Movements and Center for the Study of Sexual Cultures, both at University of California, Berkeley. She is a faculty member in the following research centers at University of California, Berkeley: Center for Race and Gender; Center for South Asia Studies; Center for Middle Eastern Studies; Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender and Sexuality; Graduate Group in Performance Studies; and LGBT Minor.

Professor Bacchetta’s research and teaching interests are in: transnational feminist and queer theory; decolonial and postcolonial theory; queer of color theory; aggregationalities (intersectionalities, assemblages, articulational theorizations, co-formations and co-productions); continental social and critical theory; and theories of spatialities. She has published on thematics such as: political and religious conflict; right-wing movements; liberation-oriented movements, insurgencies, and artistic expressions by feminist and queer of color, decolonial and postcolonial subjects and movements; and co-motion (alliances, coalitions, convergences, solidarities). Her methods of specialization are: analysis of discourse, sign-materialities, practices, events, co-formations and co-productions of power, subject formations and becomings; and ethnography and participant-observation. Her geographical areas of concentration are France, India, U.S., and more recently Italy.

Professor Bacchetta is the author or contributing co-editor of the following books:  Gender in the Hindu Nation: RSS Women as Ideologues (India: Women Ink, 2004); Trans-Q Fem: Elementi per una critica femminista queer e transnazionale (Trans-Q Fem: Elements for a Queer Transnational Feminist Critique; with Laura Fantone; Italy: Ediesse 2013 ); Textes du Mouvement Lesbien en France, 1970-2000 (Texts from the French Lesbian Movement, 1970-2000; On DVD; with Claudie Lesselier, 2011);  Right-Wing Women: From Conservatives to Extremists around the World (New York: Routledge; with Margaret Power, 2002). She has published about forty journal articles and book chapters. For more information see


Gender in the Hindu Nation: RSS Women as Ideologues.  New Delhi: Women Unlimited, 2004.
La construction des identités dans les discours nationalistes hindous : le Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh et la Rashtra Sevika Samiti (1939-1992). [The Construction of Identities in Hindu Nationalist Discourse (1939-1992): The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and Rashtra Sevika Samiti]. 2 vols. Micro-fiche. (dissertation) Lille, France: A.N.R.T, Université de Lille III, 1996. 


Trans-Q Fem: Elementi per una critica femminista queer e transnazionale. (Trans-Q Fem: Elements for a Queer Transnational Feminist Critique. Co-edited by Paola Bacchetta and Laura Fantone. Rome: Ediesse. (forthcoming February 2013)
Textes du Mouvement Lesbien en France, 1970-2000. (Texts from the French Lesbian Movement, 1970-2000). Co-editor with Claudie Lesselier. (Web anthology of primary texts of lesbian social movements in France 1970 to 2000), 2011.  Accessible at:
Also: on CD at Archives Recherches Cultures Lesbiennes (ARCL), Maison des Femmes, 163 rue de Charenton, 75012 Paris, France.
Right-Wing Women: From Conservatives to Extremists around the World. Contributing co-editor with Margaret Power. New York: Routledge, 2002. 


Théories Décoloniales Féministes et Queers: Interventions Ch/Xicanas et Latinas Etatsuniennes. Special issue co-edited with Jules Falquet and Norma Alarcón. Cahiers du CEDREF. (Summer), 2012.
Gender-Sexuality-State-Nation: Transnational Feminist Analysis, special issue, co- edited with Jyoti Puri, and Hyun Sook Kim. Gender and Society 19 (April), 2005.
Feminist Studies, co-edited with Sandra Gunning, 30 (Fall), 2004.
When the (Hindu) Nation Exiles Its Queers. Jura Gentium. Rubric: Law and Politics in Post-Colonial Asia. University of Florence, November 2012.

Théories Décoloniales Féministes et Queers: Interventions Ch/Xicanas et Latinas Etatsuniennes: Introduction. (Decolonial Feminist and Queer Theories: Ch/Xicana and U.S. Latina Interventions: Introduction), co-authored with Jules Falquet and Norma Alarcón. Cahiers du CEDREF. (Summer) 2012.

Queer et xénophobie dans le nationalisme hindou postcolonial. Cahiers du Genre. Special Issue: Genre, modernité et 'colonialité' du pouvoir. No 50, September 2011: 65-89.
The (Failed) Production of Hindu Nationalized Space in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography. vol. 17, issue 5, 2010: 551-572.
Decolonial Praxis: Enabling Intranational and Transnational Queer Coalition Building. Paola Bacchetta Interviewed by Marcelle Maese-Cohen. In Qui Parle : Critical Humanities and Social Science, vol. 18, no. 2, 2010 : 147-192.
Co-Formations : Sur les spatialités de résistance de lesbiennes ‘of color’ en France. Sexualité, genre et société. no. 1, vol. 1.  Paris, France. June 2009.
A Transnational Conversation on French Colonialism, Immigration, Violence and Sovereignty. With Miriam Ticktin and Ruth Marshall. Scholar and Feminist, 2008.
Quand des mouvements lesbiens à Delhi questionnent les ‘Théories féministes transnationales’. Paris: Cahiers du CEDREF, 2006 :173-204.
Re-Scaling Trans/national 'Queerdom': 1980s Lesbian and "Lesbian" Identitary Positionalities in Delhi. In Queer Patriarchies, Queer Racisms, International, special issue, Antipode 34 (November), 2002: 947-973.
Transnational Feminist Practices against War, with Tina Campt, Inderpal Grewal, Caren Kaplan, Minoo Moallem, Jennifer Terry. Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism 2 (2), 2002: 302-308.
Re-interrogating Partition: Voices of Women/Children/ Dalits in the Partition of India and Pakistan. In Scholarship in Women’s Studies from India, ed. Raka Ray, special issue, Feminist Studies 26 (2), 2000: 567-586.
Sacred Space in Religious-Political Conflict in India: The Babri Masjid Affair, in Space and Ethnic Conflict, ed. John Pickles, special issue, Growth and Change 31 (Spring), 2000: 255-284.
Militant Hindu Nationalist Women Re-Imagine Themselves: Notes on Mechanisms of Expansion/Adjustment. In Women and New Religious Politics across the Globe, ed. Nikki Keddie, special issue, Journal of Women's History 10 (Winter), 1999: 125-147.
When the (Hindu) Nation Exiles its Queers. Social Text 61 (Winter), 1999: 141-166.
All Our Goddesses Are Armed: Religion, Resistance, and Revenge in the Life of a Militant Hindu Nationalist Woman. Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars 25 (October-December), 1993: 38-51.  
Muslim Women in the RSS Discourse: Eroticizing Relations of Domination/ Subordination. Feminist Journal of Association for Asian Studies 8 (3-4), 1993: 14-20.
La Polygamie en Occident Chrétien [Polygamy in the Christian West]. Broullion de Culture (Sorbonne, Paris) 3 (Spring), 1988: 22-25.
Queer Formations in (Hindu) Nationalism. Sexuality Studies, ed. Sanjay Srivasta. Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University press. Forthcoming Spring 2013.
There Are Many Transatlantics: Homonationalism, Homotransnationalism and Feminist-Queer-Trans of Color Theories and Practices. With Jin Haritaworn. In Transatlantic Conversations, eds. Kathy Davis and Mary Evans. United Kingdom: Ashgate, 2011.
Transnational Borderlands. Gloria Anzaldúa’s Epistemologies of Resistance and Lesbians “of Color” in Paris. In El Mundo Zurdo: Selected Works from the Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldúa 2007 to 2009, eds. Norma Cantu, Christina L. Gutierrez, Norma Alarcón and Rita E. Urquijo-Ruiz, 109-128. San Francisco: Aunt Lute, 2010.
Réflexions sur les alliances féministes transnationales. In Le sexe de la mondialisation, eds. Jules Falquet, Helena Hirata, Danièle Kergoat, Brahim Labari, Nicky Le Feuvre, Fatou Sow, 259-274. Paris, France: Presses de Sciences Politiques, Collection Le Fait Politique (J. Mossuz-Lavau et P. Perrineau), 2010.
Co-Formações /Co-Produções: Considerações sobre Poder, Sujeitos Subalternos, Movimentos Sociais e Resistência. In Leituras de Resistência: Corpo, Violência e Poder, eds. Carmen Susana Tornquist, Claire Castilhos Coelho, Mara Coelho de Souza Lago, Teresa Kleba Lisboa, 49-74. Florianópolis, Brazil: l'Editora Mulheres, 2009.
Dyketactics! Notes Towards an Un-silencing. In Smash the Church, Smash the State: The Early Years of Gay Liberation, ed. Tommi Avicolli Mecca, 218-231. San Francisco: City Lights Books, 2009.
Transnational Borderlands. Gloria Anzaldúa’s Epistemologies of Resistance and Lesbians “of Color” in France. In Prietas y Gueras: Celebrating Twenty Years of Borderlands/La Frontera, eds. Norma Cantu and Christina L. Gutierrez, 77-92. San Antonio: Adelante, 2009.
Circulations: Thinking with Gloria Anzaldúa in Paris. In Gloria Anzaldúa, 20th Anniversary Edition of Borderlands/La Frontera, 4-6. San Francisco: Aunt Lute Books, 2007. 
Re-Scaling “Transnational Queer”: Lesbians in Delhi in the 1980s. In Sexualities, ed. Nivedita Menon, 103-127. New Delhi: Women Unlimited, 2007.        
Gendered Fractures in Hindu Nationalism: On the Subject-Members of the Rashtra Sevika Samiti. In The Oxford India Hinduism: A Reader, eds. Vasudha Dalmia and Heinrich von Stietencron, 373-395. London and Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2006.
Hindu Nationalist Women as Ideologues. In The Sangh Parivar: A Reader, ed. Christophe Jaffrelot. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2005.
Hindu Nationalist Women Imagine Spatialities/Imagine Themselves: Reflections on Gender-Supplemental-Agency. In Right-Wing Women across the Globe, eds. Paola Bacchetta and Margaret Power, 43-56. New York: Routledge, 2002. 
Introduction to Right-Wing Women across the Globe, eds. Paola Bacchetta and Margaret Power, 1-15. New York: Routledge, 2002.
Extra-Ordinary Alliances: Women Unite against Religious-Political Conflict in India. In Feminism and Anti-Racism: International Struggles, eds. Kathleen Blee and France Winddance Twine, 220-249. New York: New York University Press, 2002.
Hindu Nationalist Women: On the Use of the Feminine Symbolic to (Temporarily) Displace Male Authority. In Jewels of Authority: Women and Textual Tradition in Hindu India, ed. Laurie Patton, 157-176. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.  
Hindu Nationalist Women as Ideologists: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Rashtra Sevika Samiti, and their Respective Projects for a Hindu Nation. In Embodied Violence: Communalizing Women's Sexuality in South Asia, eds. Kumari Jayawardena and Malathi de Alwis, 126-167. New Delhi: Kali for Women, 1996. Also published by London: Sage Publications, 1996.
All Our Goddesses Are Armed: Religion, Resistance and Revenge in the Life of a Militant Hindu Nationalist Woman. In Against All Odds: Essays on Women, Religion and Development from India and Pakistan, eds. Kamla Bhasin, Nighat Khan, and Ritu Menon, 133-156. New Delhi: Kali for Women, 1994. 
Communal Property/Sexual Property: On Representations of Muslim Women in a Hindu Nationalist Discourse. In Forging Identities: Gender, Communities and Nations, ed. Zoya Hasan, 188-225. New Delhi: Kali for Women, 1994. Also published by Boulder: Westview Press, 1994.
French to English
Far-Right Women in France: The Case of the National Front, by Claudie Lesselier. In Right-Wing Women: From Conservatives to Extremists around the World, eds. Paola Bacchetta and Margaret Power, 43-56. New York: Routledge, 2002.       
English to French
La conciencia de la mestiza: Vers une nouvelle conscience, by Gloria Anzaldua. (La Conciencia de la Mestiza: Towards a New Consciousness).  Translated with Jules Falquet. Cahiers du CEDREF. (Summer) 2012.
Les sujets théoriques de ‘This Bridge Called My Back’, by Norma Alarcon. (The Theoretical Subjects of ‘This Bridge Called My Back’). Translated with Jules Falquet. Cahiers du CEDREF. (Summer) 2012.
La théorie et la méthod de la conscience oppositionnelles dans le monde postmoderne, by Chela Sandoval. (The Theory and Method of Oppositional Consciousness in the Postmodern World).Translated with Jules Falquet. Cahiers du CEDREF. (Summer) 2012.
Ésprit joueur, voyage d’un « monde » à d’autres et perception aimante, by Maria Lugones. (Playfulness, World Travelling and Loving Perception). Translated with Jules Falquet. Cahiers du CEDREF. (Summer) 2012.
La Guera, by Cherríe L. Moraga. (La Guera). Translated with Diane Koch and Jules Falquet. Cahiers du CEDREF. (Summer) 2012.
Réfugiées d’un monde en feu: Avant-propos à la deuxième édition, 1983, by Cherríe L. Moraga. (Refugees of a World on Fire: Forward to the Second Edition of This Bridge called My Back, 1983). Translated with Diane Koch and Jules Falquet. Cahiers du CEDREF. (Summer) 2012.
Préface à This Bridge Called My Back. Writings of Radical Women of Color, 1981, by Cherríe L. Moraga. (Preface to This Bridge Called My Back. Writings of Radical Women of Color, 1981). Translated with Diane Koch and Jules Falquet. Cahiers du CEDREF. (Summer) 2012.
The Bridge Poem, by Donna Rushin. Translated with Jules Falquet. Cahiers du CEDREF. (Summer) 2012.
Journal Article
A la Découverte du Queer of Color. In IRESMO (Online journal of Institut de Recherche, d’Etude et de Formation sur le Syndicalisme et les Mouvements sociaux). (Forthcoming March 2013).
Book Chapter
Hindu Nationalization and Spaces of Resistance in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. In Om Dwivedi and Julie Rajan (eds), Human Rights and PostColonial India. Delhi: Routledge (Forthcoming Fall 2013).


Gender in the Hindu Nation
RSS Women as Ideologues
Paola Bacchetta
Kali/Women Unlimited, 2004

The three essays in this volume offer a detailed account of women who are active in the Rashtriya Sevika Samiti. It analyses differences in their, and the RSS’s articulation of the place that women occupy in their ideology, in symbolic space, and in a Hindu Rashtra. A theoretically sophisticated and empirically rich contribution to an analysis of the nation and the RSS.

Right Wing Women
From Conservatives to Extremists Around the World
Paola Bacchetta
Margaret Power
Routledge, 2002

An oft-neglected subject, right-wing women are an important component in understanding the many racist, fascist, and anti-feminist movements of the 20th century. Providing original research on an array of right-wing groups around the world, the contributors paint a disturbing and complicated portrait of the women involved in these movements.

  • Transnational Feminist and Queer Theories and Practices
  • Social Theories
  • Gender, Sexuality, Racializations, and Postcolonialities in Political and Religious Conflict
  • Feminist, Queer of Color, and Right-Wing New Social Movements
  • Areas of Specialization outside of the US: India and France