Keynote Speaker: Debanuj DasGupta, Ph.D.

IMG_1278The Sexuality and Space Speciality Group is honored to have our very own Dr. Debanuj DasGupta as our keynote speaker for AAG2018! Debanuj is an Assistant Professor of Geography and Women’s, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Connecticut. His research and teaching foci are on the racialized regulation of space, immigration detention, queer migrations and the global governance of migration, sexuality, and HIV.

Prior to his doctoral degree, Debanuj worked for over sixteen years within several international development agencies, HIV/AIDS, LGBT rights and immigrant rights organizations in India and the United States. In 1994, he founded the first HIV prevention program for men who have sex with men, gay men, and transgender women in Kolkata. Since relocating to the United States, Debanuj has organized LGBT immigrants & asylum seekers in the New York tristate area.

Debanuj serves on the political geography editorial board of the Geography Compass and is Board-Co Chair of the Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies: CLAGS at the City University of New York.  He is the recipient of the Ford Foundation-funded New Voices Fellowship, American Association of Geographers and National Science Foundation-funded T. J. Reynolds National Award in Disability Studies, and the International AIDS Society’s Emerging Activist Award.

Debanuj’s scholarly work has been published in journals such as Disability Studies Quarterly; Contemporary South Asia; SEXUALITIES; Gender, Place & Culture; Emotions, Space, and Society; and the Scholar and the Feminist (S&F online). He is the co-editor of Friendship As Social Justice Activism: Critical Solidarities in Global Perspective (forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press/Seagull Press), and Queering Digital India: Activisms, Identities and Subjectivities (forthcoming from the University of Edinburgh Press/Oxford University Press).