Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
: Building 4S
BA, New College
PhD, CUNY Graduate Center
Biography / Academic Interests
Ananya Mukherjea received her PhD in Sociology from the City University of New York Graduate Center and her BA from New College, Florida. She joined CSI's program in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work in the fall of 2004. Her research interests include: the study of gender and sexuality; medical sociology (the social politics of infectious disease epidemics and their management, particularly viral epidemics); urban sociology; the sociology of culture and popular culture; and the study of animals in society. Dr. Mukherjea teaches courses on gender studies, urban sociology, community studies, and the sociology of culture at CSI, and she has co-taught the Introduction to LGBTQ Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center with Dr. Paisley Currah. Dr. Mukherjea also is a member of the faculty for the doctoral program in public health at the CUNY Graduate Center.
Scholarship / Publications
Dr. Mukherjea’s recent publications include: a forthcoming essay on the meanings that self-described feminist and queer or queer-friendly fans find in the enormously popular Twilight phenomenon; a book chapter titled, “The Social Politics of Pandemic Influenzas: The Question of (Permeable) International, Inter-Species, and Interpersonal Boundaries;” a critique of the promotion of male circumcision to prevent HIV transmission, “Cutting Risk: Evaluating the Ethics and Practical Benefits of Promoting Male Circumcision as HIV Prevention;” a co-authored piece (with Dr. Amit Sen) on the implications of the TRIPS Agreement and the HIV/AIDS pandemic for sex workers, “The TRIPS Agreement, HIV, and International Sex Work;” and an essay called, “Doing HIV Prevention and Building Community Coalitions” for the Los Angeles-based publication CORPUS. She is the editor of Understanding Emerging Epidemics: Social and Political Approaches (Emerald, 2010) and the recipient of the Whedon Studies Association's award for best paper in the area for 2008 for her article, “'When You Kiss Me, I Want to Die: Gothic Relationships and Identity on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”