Natasha Behl

Assistant Professor
Faculty
WEST Campus
Mailcode
3051

Biography

Ph.D. Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles, 2010

M.A. Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles, 2006

B.A. Government, Smith College, 2004

 

Natasha Behl is assistant professor in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Arizona State University. Dr. Behl completed her Ph.D. in Political Science at University of California, Los Angeles, where her training focused on Race, Ethnicity, Politics and Comparative Politics.  She was also awarded a Consortium for Faculty Diversity Doctoral Fellowship at College of Wooster and a Riley Postdoctoral Fellowship at Colorado College.

Dr. Behl’s research uses ethnographic methods to study the relationship between democracy, citizenship, and difference. A central question in her research is whether citizenship is experienced unequally depending on intersecting forms of difference—age, class, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexuality, and (dis)ability. Her scholarship contributes to gender and politics, race and politics, and democracy and citizenship studies by deconstructing the gendered and raced nature of institutions; explaining the exclusion of certain gendered, raced, and sexualized bodies from these institutions; and asking how to transform these institutions to be more inclusive and democratic. Dr. Behl’s research is published in Space & Polity, Politics, Groups, and Identities and Journal of Punjab Studies. She also serves on the editorial board of Politics, Groups, and Identities. Dr. Behl teaches Global Feminisms, Feminist Action Research, Comparative Politics, Politics of India, and Everyday Forms of Political Resistance.

Website: natashabehl.com

 

Research Interests

Comparative Politics
Race, Ethnicity, and Politics
Gender and Politics
Democracy and Citizenship
Indian Politics
Sikhs and Sikh Diaspora
Gendered Violence and Violence Against Women

Publications

  • Behl, Natasha. 2017. “Gendered Discipline, Gendered Space: An Ethnographic Approach to Gendered Violence in India.” Space & Polity 21 (1): 43-58.

  • Behl, Natasha. 2017. “Diasporic Researcher: An Autoethnographic Analysis of Gender and Race in Political Science.” Politics, Groups, and Identities 5 (4): 580-598.

  • Behl, Natasha. 2014. “An Embodied Political Analysis of Violence Against Women: Understanding Female Feticide in Punjab.” Journal of Punjab Studies 22 (1).

  • Behl, Natasha. 2014. “Situated Citizenship: Understanding Sikh Citizenship through Women’s Exclusion.” Politics, Groups, and Identities 2 (3): 386-401.

  • Behl, Natasha. 2012. “Sikh Minority Identity Formation: Nation and Politics in Postcolonial India.” In Minority Studies, edited by Rowena Robinson, 249-269. Delhi: Oxford University Press. 

  • Behl, Natasha. 2009. “Uniformities and Differences of a Sikh Nationalist Identity: Opinions and Practices of Ordinary Sikhs.” Journal of Punjab Studies 16 (2): 199-217.

Courses

Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
POS 150 Comparative Government
JHR 525 Action Research
JHR 580 Practicum
JHR 584 Internship
JHR 593 Applied Project
JHR 599 Thesis
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
POS 494 Special Topics
JHR 580 Practicum
JHR 592 Research
JHR 598 Special Topics
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
POS 150 Comparative Government
POS 494 Special Topics
JHR 525 Action Research
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
POS 150 Comparative Government
POS 493 Honors Thesis
POS 494 Special Topics
JHR 525 Action Research
JHR 599 Thesis
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
JHR 592 Research
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
POS 350 Comparative Politics
POS 357 South Asia Politics
JHR 592 Research
JHR 599 Thesis
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
POS 150 Comparative Government
MAS 598 Special Topics
JHR 598 Special Topics
CMN 598 Special Topics
Spring 2014
Course Number Course Title
POS 350 Comparative Politics
SBS 430 Topics in Power/Knowledge
SOC 494 Special Topics
POS 494 Special Topics
ASB 494 Special Topics
JHR 599 Thesis
Fall 2013
Course Number Course Title
POS 350 Comparative Politics

Service

Professional Service

  • Journal of Punjab Studies, Book Review Editor (2016 - Present)
  • Co-Organizer, Interpretive Methodologies Workshop, Western Political Science Association Meeting (2015)
  • Politics, Groups, and Identities, Editorial Review Board (2014 - Present)

University Service

  • Curriculum Committee, B.A. Social Justice and Human Rights, Committee Member (2016 - Present)
  • Council for South Asian Studies, Council Member (2015 - Present)
  • Graduate Studies Colloquium Series, Faculty Participant (2014)
  • Office of Interdisciplinary Global Learning & Engagement, Advisory Board Member (2014 - Present)
  • Faculty Ambassador, New College, Faculty Ambassador (2013 - Present)
  • Student Success Committee, M.A. Social Justice and Human Rights, Committee Member (2013 - Present)
  • Young Democrats, Faculty Sponsor (2013 - 2014)