BONNIE ZARE

Bonnie Zare

Associate Professor

Office

522 McBryde Hall 
225 Stanger Street 
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Phone

(540) 231-8189

Email

Department Membership

Sociology

Expertise

  • Women writers in India
  • Dalit literature
  • Issues of women in India
  • Girls’ empowerment
  • Son Preference/Daughter Devaluation

Professional Activities

  • Director, Gender & Women’s Studies Program, 2016-17, University of Wyoming
  • Founder of the Keep Girls in School Project aiding Voice4Girls and Aarti Home in Andhra Pradesh, India
  • Co-instructor of “Telling My Story,” a credit-based memoir course taught at the Wyoming Women’s Prison

Education

  • B.A., Stanford University
  • M.A., University of Wisconsin
  • Ph.D., Tufts University

Awards and Honors

Top 20 Professor, Voted by College of Arts & Sciences Students, 2015, University of Wyoming

Top Professor, Mortar Board Honors Society, November, 2009, University of Wyoming

John P. Ellbogen University of Wyoming Teaching Excellence Award, 2005, University of Wyoming

Selected Publications

Books

Susan Dewey, Rhett Epler, Bonnie Zare, Catherine Connolly, and Rosemary Bratton. Outlaw Women: Prison, Rural Violence, and Poverty on the New American Frontier. New York City: NYU Press, forthcoming in 2018.

Edited Books

Nalini Iyer and Bonnie Zare. Other Tongues: Rethinking the Language Debates in India. Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, 2009. 

Articles

“The Whole Inside the Hole: Recent Telugu Dalit Women’s Revolutionary Life Writing.” In New Feminisms in South Asian Film, Literature, and Social Media: Disrupting the Discourse. Ed., Alka Kurian and Sonora Jha. Routledge (October, 2017).

Zare, Bonnie. Indifference is the New Black: Season One and the Violation of Women's Solidarity” Through the Prison Gate: An Exploration of Issues from Orange is the New Black. Ed. Laurie Gordy and Shirley Jackson. NY: Routledge, forthcoming 2017.

Dewey, S., Zare, B. Epler, R., et al. Eds. Voices from the Wyoming women’s prison: A collection of writing by incarcerated women. Wagadu: Journal of Transnational Women’s & Gender Studies, May 2017.

“‘We Want Change for Our Daughters’: Personal Discourse about the Daughter Deficit in Andhra Pradesh,” Women’s Studies International Forum, Spring 2014.

Bonnie Zare and Afsar Mohammed, “The Burnt Sari and the Drenched Sari: Dress as a Form of Action in Two Feminist Poems,” A Review of International English Literature, 43:2 (2013): 69-86.

Sponsored Research

Humanities in Prison Working Group (with Susan Dewey), Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research, $2,000.

Susan McKay International Research Grant, University of Wyoming. Smart-Girls and Voice4Girls: a Comparative Analysis of Activity Camps to Create Girls as Agents of Change, $2000, 2016.

University of Wyoming Social Justice Research Center (with Susan Dewey and Cathy Connolly), Pathways from prison: A needs assessment among current and formerly incarcerated Wyoming women, $5,000, 2014-15.

University of Wyoming Winter Innovative Course funding for India: Social Justice in Culture and Practice, $3,000-$8,000 per year for 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016.

Additional Information

For the past nine years, I have been taking students to South India on a social justice short course. The next opportunity to travel to Hyderabad, India, is in late December 2018. Students in the course have an opportunity to immerse themselves in Indian culture, deepen their knowledge of social justice issues, and learn about creative problem-solving and effective on-the-ground action from social change agents in Hyderabad and Kadapa.

Before the trip, students will participate in a service learning project to spread the word about Aarti Home and Voice4Girls, two organizations changing the futures of low-income girls in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

To learn about the Wintermester trip to South India, watch the recent video from Outreach and International Affairs.

To learn more about the organizations, visit the Aarti Home website or the Voice4Girls website.