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Jaita Talukdar

Associate Professor and Co-Chair Women's Studies Program


Ph.D., University of Cinncinati, 2008

M.A., University of Calcutta, India, 2001

B.A., Presidency College in Calcutta, India, 1998


  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Sociology


Dr. Jaita Talukdar is an associate professor in the department of sociology at Loyola University New Orleans. She also serves as the co-chair for the Women’s Studies program at Loyola University. Her research explores the effects of social forces of gender, social class, culture, and globalization on body, bodily processes, and health. Some of her own research and book reviews have been accepted for publication in journals such as Qualitative Sociology, Sociological Focus, Women's Studies International Forum, American Journal of Sociology, and Contemporary Sociology. Her most recent research investigating socio-cultural factors associated with the growing popularity of biotechnological sciences of the body in contemporary Indian society has been published in the Routledge Handbook of Science, Technology, and Society (2014). Currently, she is collecting data on how the advent of a global culture of fitness is altering perceptions and ideas of a fit and healthy body among urban Indians.  At Loyola, she teaches courses on introductory sociology, gender, body, and health.

Dr. Talukdar has received her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio; her M.A. from University of Calcutta, India; and her B.A. from Presidency College, Calcutta, India.

Classes Taught

  • Introductory Sociology
  • Gender, Body, and Health
  • Sociology of Gender
  • Body, Society, and Health
  • Global Sociology
  • Men and Women of India
  • Cultural Anthropology

Areas of Expertise

  • Sociology of gender
  • Culture
  • Globalization
  • Body, health and food