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Rebecca Klenk


  • Ph.D. 1999, Sociocultural Anthropology, University of Washington

Research Interests

Development and political economy; gender; globalization,sustainability and climate change; social movements; education; medical anthropology; critical theory; the Himalayan region, India and the United States.

Selected Publications

Klenk, Rebecca M.  (forthcoming).  “Gandhi's Other Daughter: Sarala Devi and Lakshmi Ashram” Himalaya (special gender issue).

Klenk, Rebecca M. 2010. Educating Activists: Development and Gender in the Making of Modern Gandhians.Lanham & Plymouth: Lexington Books/ Rowman & Littlefield.

Klenk, Rebecca M.  2004.  “Seeing Ghosts” Ethnography 5(2): 229-47.

Klenk, Rebecca M.  2004.  "'Who is the Developed Woman?' Women in Development Discourse, Kumaon, India" Development and Change (35)1: 57-78.

Klenk, Rebecca M.  2003.  "'Difficult Work': Becoming Developed" in Regional Modernities: The Cultural Politics of Development in India, edited by K. Sivaramakrishnan and Arun Agrawal, StanfordUniversity Press and Oxford University Press, pp. 99-121.


Dr. Klenk will be on leave as a Fulbright Scholar in India January-June 2014.

Rebecca Klenk

Contact Information

Dr. Rebecca Klenk
Interdisciplinary Programs in Women's Studies, Global Studies & Asian Studies

Affiliated Faculty
Department of Anthropology
& Disasters, Displacement & Human Rights Program

Center for the Study of Social Justice

Office: Suite #310 JHB
Knoxville,  Tennessee

Phone: 865-974-2409