Natasha Behl

Assistant Professor
Faculty
WEST Campus
Mailcode
3051
Asst Professor
Faculty
WEST Campus
Mailcode
3051

Biography

Natasha Behl is assistant professor in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Arizona State University. Dr. Behl completed her doctorate in political science at University of California, Los Angeles, where her training focused on race, ethnicity, politics and comparative politics.

Dr. Behl explains why the promise of democratic equality remains unrealized, and identifies potential ways to create more egalitarian relations in liberal democracies and the discipline of political science. This intellectual endeavor has demanded that she cross disciplinary boundaries and challenge epistemological and methodological norms in political science to understand the gendered and raced nature of politics as a practice and political science as a discipline. She uses interpretive and feminist methods to examine what are often assumed to be neutral concepts, objective methodologies, and universal institutions, and demonstrate that these very concepts, methodologies, and institutions are gendered and raced such that they determine who enjoys democratic inclusion, who commands academic authority, and who is most vulnerable to violence. Her scholarship, teaching, and service seeks to make marginalized individuals central to the process of theorization, working to make societies and institutions, including the academy, more inclusive.

Dr. Behl’s book, Gendered Citizenship: Understanding Gendered Violence in Democratic India, is published with Oxford University Press. Her research is also published in Feminist Formations, Space & Polity, Politics, Groups, and Identities, Journal of Narrative Politics, and Journal of Punjab Studies. In 2018, she was awarded the Outstanding Teaching Award at ASU where she teaches Global Feminisms, Feminist Action Research, Navigating Academia, Comparative Politics, Politics of India, and Everyday Forms of Political Resistance.

Education

  • 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

Google Scholar

Research Interests

Race, Ethnicity, and Politics

Gender and Politics

Democracy and Citizenship

Indian Politics

Sikhs and Sikh Diaspora

Gendered Violence

Publications

Book

  • Behl, Natasha. 2019. Gendered Citizenship: Understanding Gendered Violence in Democratic India. New York: Oxford University Press.

 

Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • Behl, Natasha. 2019. “Mapping Movements and Motivations: An Autoethnographic Analysis of Racial, Gendered, and Epistemic Violence.” Feminist Formations 31 (1): 85-102.

 

  • Behl, Natasha, Michelle Tellez, Michael Stancliff, and Montye Fuse. 2018. “Writing the Intersection: Feminist Autoethnography as Narrative Collaboration.” Journal of Narrative Politics 5 (1): 30-44.

 

  • 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. 

 

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

  • Behl, Natasha. 2017. “Gendered Discipline, Gendered Space: An Ethnographic Approach to Gendered Violence in India.” In Digesting the Public Sphere, edited by Sarah Marusek. New York: Routledge. (Space & Polity Article Republished with Routledge Special Issue as Book)

 

  • 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.

Research Activity

 

  • Behl, Natasha. Under Review. “Violence and Mentoring: Race, Gender, and Sexual Harassment in Academia.” 

Courses

Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
POS 357 South Asia Politics
POS 493 Honors Thesis
JHR 590 Reading and Conference
JHR 591 Seminar
JHR 592 Research
JHR 593 Applied Project
JHR 599 Thesis
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
POS 493 Honors Thesis
JHR 525 Action Research
JHR 584 Internship
JHR 592 Research
JHR 593 Applied Project
JHR 599 Thesis
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
POS 357 South Asia Politics
POS 492 Honors Directed Study
POS 494 Special Topics
JHR 580 Practicum
JHR 584 Internship
JHR 591 Seminar
JHR 592 Research
JHR 598 Special Topics
Summer 2018
Course Number Course Title
JHR 584 Internship
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

Editorships

  • Politics, Groups, and Identities, Editorial Review Board (2014 - 2019)

Professional Associations

American Political Science Association

Western Political Science Association

Womens Caucus for Political Science

ECPR Standing Group on Gender & Politics

Women Also Know Stuff

People of Color Also Know Stuff 

Service

Professional Service

  • Secretary, Women’s Caucus for Political Science, American Political Science Association (APSA) (2018-2020)
  • Section Chair, Interpretation and Method, Western Political Science Association (WPSA) Meeting (2018-2019)
  • Leader and Participant, #MeToo PoliSci Workshop, APSA Meeting (2018)
  • Outreach Officer, Women’s Caucus for Political Science, APSA (2017-2018)
  • Presenter, Mentoring and Marginalization Roundtable, APSA Meeting (2017)
  • Participant, Women of Color in Political Science Workshop, APSA Meeting (2017)
  • Co-Organizer, Interpretive Methodologies Workshop, WPSA Meeting (2015)

 

University Service

  • Faculty Mentor, Mentorship Program for Junior Faculty (2018 - Present)
  • Undergraduate Studies Colloquium Series, Faculty Participant (2017)
  • 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)