Paola Bacchetta

Professor and Vice Chair for Research

Paola Bacchetta is Professor and Vice-Chair for Research in the Department of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She is also Director of the Institute for Gender and Sexuality Research. She was the first Chair of Berkeley’s Gender Consortium. She currently serves as Co-coordinator of Decolonizing Sexualities Network, a transnational convergence of scholars, artivists and activists. Her books include: Co-Motion: On Feminist and
Queer Solidarities (Forthcoming Duke University Press); Fatima Mernissi For Our Times, co-edited with Minoo Moallem (New York: Syracuse University Press, 2023); Global Raciality: Empire, Postcoloniality, and Decoloniality, co-edited with Sunaina Maira, Howard Winant (New York: Routledge, 2019); Femminismi Queer Postcoloniali (co-edited with Laura Fantone, Verona, Italy: Ombre Corte, 2015); Gender in the Hindu Nation (India: Women Ink, 2004); Right-Wing Women (co-edited with Margaret Power, New York: Routledge, 2002). She has published over 70 articles and book chapters on: feminist queer decolonial theory; transnational feminist and queer theory; lesbian and queer of color theorie artivisms and activisms; decolonial feminist translating; gender, sexuality and right-wing movements (India, France, U.S., Brazil). She has translated multiple texts, including Fatima Mernissi’s only (co-authored) film project, The Lionesses (French to English, forthcoming in Fatima Mernissi For our Times which Bacchetta co-edited with Minoo Moalem, for Syracuse University Press). She recently oversaw the translation of Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/La Frontera : The New Mestiza into French (2022). She is the recipient of multiple awards: Harvard Divinity School, Fulbright, Mellon Foundation, State of Kerala Erudite Scholar Award, European Union funding awards, France-Berkeley Fund award, and more. For more information and access to many of her publications:

Research interests: 
  • Transnational Feminist and Queer Theory
  • Decolonial Theory
  • Critical Theory
  • Movements, Activisms, Artivisms
  • France, India, U.S.